COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 244

November 9, 2006

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Survey of Alternative Education Programs

Related to Suspended and Expelled Youth

 

 

The Virginia Commission on Youth, a bipartisan commission of the Virginia General Assembly, is studying alternative education options available within the Commonwealth. This study will investigate and report on the availability of regional and local alternative education programs that provide educational services for expelled and suspended students who cannot be served in traditional public school settings.

 

The studys purpose also includes identifying various challenges facing school divisions in serving these students, and collecting information about alternative education options available within the Commonwealth. In order to accomplish this goal, the Commission on Youth is conducting a survey which focuses on alternative education programs currently being operated during the 2006-07 school year. School divisions are being requested to complete the survey.

 

The Survey of Alternative Education Programs Relating to Suspended and Expelled Youth may be accessed at http://coy.state.va.us. The Commission on Youth will be sending each division superintendent an explanatory letter and a hard copy of the survey. If preferred, the hard copy of the survey may be returned. Regardless of the method selected, the survey should be returned by November 27, 2006, to Leah Hamaker, Legislative Policy Analyst, Virginia Commission on Youth, Suite 517 B, General Assembly Building, Richmond, VA 23219-0406, fax 804-371-0574.

 

An individual survey should be completed for each alternative education program/school for suspended or expelled youth in the division. The school division that serves as fiscal agent for the regional alternative education program should complete the survey.

 

Questions regarding the survey content should be directed to Leah Hamaker, legislative policy analyst at 804-371-2481, lhamaker@leg.state.va.us. Other questions may be directed to Cynthia A. Cave, director, office of student services at 804-225-2818, or by e-mail at Cynthia.Cave@doe.virginia.gov.

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