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Options for Restructuring the Safe and Drug-Free Schools Communities Act

Reuter, Peter

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ISBN 10: 0833030000 / ISBN 13: 9780833030009
Published by Rand Publishing, 2001
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Title: Options for Restructuring the Safe and ...

Publisher: Rand Publishing

Publication Date: 2001

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This report synthesizes the findings of a review of the structure and performance of the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act and assesses options for reforming it. The guidelines for expenditure permit schools to use the funds for programs that are unproven, and the legislation gives the federal government limited ability to foster effective programs. The Act has not been credibly evaluated, but it is widely thought to have accomplished little. The problems it addresses are so serious and widespread that the federal government can't reasonably afford to abandon its commitment. Few proposals for reform have been offered, and only the one put forth by the Clinton administration is currently fully developed. That proposal moves in the right direction, but it addresses only some of the ways in which the program could be improved. This report suggests criteria for judging reform options and presents ways in which the proposal under discussion could be strengthened.

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This report synthesizes the findings of a review of the structure andperformance of the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and CommunitiesAct (SDFSCA) and assesses options for strengthening it. As part ofthis study, a conference was held at which practitioners, researchers,and government officials considered the findings and conclusionspresented in three commissioned papers, the proceedings of focusgroups of knowledgeable practitioners in two school districts, anda review of the literature describing the program established bySDFSCA and its performance to date.A companion volume (MR-1328/1-EDU, Options for Restructuringthe Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act: Report withBackground Papers and Focus Group Summary, by Peter Reuter et al.,2001) contains the full set of project outputs. Both reports shouldbe of interest to federal officials and legislators involved in theimpending reauthorization of the SDFSCA, as well as to individualsconcerned with the implementation of drug and violence preven-tionprograms in schools. The project was sponsored by the U.S.Department of Education, and the work was performed withinRAND's Drug Policy Research Center.THE RAND DRUG POLICY RESEARCH CENTERThe Drug Policy Research Center, a joint endeavor of RAND CriminalJustice and RAND Health, was established in 1989 to conduct theempirical research, policy analysis, and outreach needed to helpcommunity leaders and public officials develop more effectivestrategies for dealing with drug problems. The Center builds on along tradition of RAND research characterized by an interdisci-plinary, empirical approach to public policy issues and rigorousstandards of quality, objectivity, and independence. The Ford Foun-dationand other foundations, as well as government agencies, cor-porations,and individuals, support the Center. Dr. Audrey Burnamand Dr. Martin Iguchi codirect the Drug Policy Research Center.

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