Consequences: Zero Tolerance, Alternative Education & the Dropout Rate

Posted by on March 30, 2009

Roundtable examines strategies to lower dropout rate

On Wednesday, April 1st, Public Citizens for Children and Youth and Project U-Turn will present Consequences: Zero Tolerance, Alternative Education & the Dropout Rate, a roundtable discussion for educators, advocates, practitioners, behavioral health providers, policy makers, juvenile justice workers, youth, parents and others.

The panel and group discussion will focus on zero tolerance, responses to behavior issues, discipline placement and the impact of actions on the dropout rate. Panelists will include Benjamin Wright, Philadelphia School District, Alternative Schools Regional Superintendent; Dina Portnoy, former Philadelphia teacher, Director, Graduate School of Education/Teach for America Urban Teacher Program; Dr. Christina Ager, Associate Professor of Special Education, Arcadia University, Executive Director, B2EST Program.

The event will take place from 10:30am-12:30pm at the United Way Building, 7 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.  Light refreshments will be provided.  Seating is limited.  RSVP by emailing Sheila Simmons at or call her at 215-563-5848, ext. 12.

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