Degree Name

Education Specialist (EdS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

David E. Bartz


Most educators will agree that a good sound discipline policy is a necessity for a school environment in which learning can take place most effectively. Education cannot proceed effectively without good, consistent discipline.

The Public Schools of Danville have had a discipline policy for many years. After many years of updating and revising, a new policy was approved by the Board of Education. This policy entitled "Ownership in Education'' was implemented in the fall of 1982.

The researcher investigated this new policy through an administrator/teacher survey, a review and assessment of the extent of student removal from class due to classroom disruptions, the extent of student overnight dismissals or suspensions from school because of failure to serve detentions or pending parent conferences, the extent of high school in-school suspensions, student suspension and expulsion reports, and student bus suspensions. The review and assessment was made for the 1980-81 school year through the 1983-84 school year. The purpose of this investigation was to determine if the new policy was effective, and to determine recommended modifications of or refinements in the policy.