This report contains all the outputs of a project undertaken to review the structure and performance of the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (SDFSCA) and to assess options for strengthening it. As part of this study, a conference was held at which practitioners, researchers, and government officials considered the findings and conclusions presented in three commissioned papers, the proceedings of focus groups of knowledgeable practitioners in two school districts, and a review of the literature describing the program established by SDFSCA and its performance to date. This volume contains the executive summary of the study, the background paper prepared to provide information for the conference participants, a summary of the focus group discussions, and the commissioned papers.
Table of Contents
Options for Restructuring the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act
Characteristics and Challenges of the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act: a Historical Analysis
Focus Groups: Safe and Drug-Free Schools Programs
A Quarter-Century's Experience with Sex, Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Education in the Schools
Knowledge, Democracy, and Evidence-Based Government
Obstacles to Safe and Drug-Free Schools: Trapped Kids, Competing Curricula, and Scarce Guardians
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