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Alternative Education Definitions
The rationale for the establishment of most alternative education programs in today's society is that many students require a different type of educational environment and program in order for them to remain in school, to maximize their full potential as adult citizens, and clearly, in some cases, to minimize the adverse effects that they may be having upon other students within the regular education mainstream. Typically, most of these students are viewed as “falling between the cracks” of the regular education system. Also, in the majority of cases, students who are considered to be candidates for alternative education programs typically are not viewed as students with disabilities and, therefore, they are not generally eligible for special education programming services. Thus, in some ways, these are the students that tend to fall between the cracks of both the regular education and the special education systems.
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