alternative education

noun

Definition of alternative education

: an educational program or system that is separate from a mainstream educational program or system and that is designed especially for students with academic or behavioral difficulties Gov. Tom Ridge today signed House Bill 8, which enacts two important education reforms: alternative education for disruptive students and professional development for teachers.PR Newswire, 13 Sept. 1999 The alternative education program serves the school's most at-risk students.— Howard Weiss-Tisman, Brattleboro Reformer, 3 Aug. 2006

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1978, in the meaning defined above

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“Alternative education.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alternative%20education. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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