Exploring Discipline Policy Problems in Mississippi Pre-K

O'Neil, Briana A. (2015) Exploring Discipline Policy Problems in Mississippi Pre-K. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Melissa Bass from Public Policy Leadership , The University of Mississippi .

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Abstract

This thesis seeks to examine the current state of discipline in publicly funded pre-K in Mississippi to determine policy that state policymakers can implement to prevent excessive suspensions and expulsions. This thesis also takes into account racial disparities found in disciplining pre-K students and explores methods that Mississippi can add to pre-K discipline policy as a preventive measure. Two case studies on North Carolina and Tennessee are utilized to identify potential strategies that Mississippi education can learn from. After analyzing both states, I realized that positive behavior reinforcement had success in both states. North Carolina’s Positive Behavior Support and Intervention (PBIS) provided many lessons for Mississippi in terms of implementation strategies. In conclusion, I strongly urge Mississippi legislatures to mandate PBIS practices into publicly funded pre-K programs.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: O'Neil, Briana A.
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in Public Policy Leadership
Thesis Advisor: Melissa Bass
Thesis Advisor's Department: Public Policy Leadership
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
Depositing User: Ms. Briana O'Neil
Date Deposited: 12 May 2015 18:13
Last Modified: 12 May 2015 18:13
URI: http://thesis.honors.olemiss.edu/id/eprint/438

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