Georgia Expands Program for Students at Risk


Four districts in Georgia are gearing up to deploy Ombudsman Educational Services for the fall. OES, from Educational Services of America, is a program designed for students who have been expelled, who have behavioral problems, or who are otherwise deemed right for alternative education. It's targeted toward middle- and high-school students.

According to Ombudsman, the service is being adopted by school systems in Effingham County, Coffee County, Toombs County, and Jeff Davis County in Georgia. All four districts are rolling out the program for a fall debut. In addition, the Douglas County School System, which already uses OES, will expand its deployment to include night school and summer school and will begin offering the service in two new middle schools.

OES provides an alternative education environment off campus and includes computer-assisted learning. With the new deployments, the program will serve "at least" 45 students at each location, according to EAS. Georgia currently has the second-highest dropout rate in the country, and this implementation is an attempt to help reduce that rate. EAS said its program has an 85 percent success rate "among its national student body, meaning students graduate, earn credits or return to their school closer to or on grade level."

The program is currently deployed in 16 states serving some 6,000 students annually in 82 locations.

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