Northeastern North Carolina: A Study of School Quality in Public High Schools & County Violent Crime Rates

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Tanisha D. Mills (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Saundra Westervelt

Abstract: Using the hypothesis initiated by researchers Christle, Jolivette, and Nelson, this study examines the question, “Does school quality in public high schools affect county violent crime rates in Northeastern North Carolina?” The fact that I was born and raised in Northeastern N.C. makes this topic personal to me. I have seen the poor quality of education in this area, and am a product of the disadvantages that this type of education brings. I have witnessed friends and family members turn to a life of crime because of the environment in which they live. All of these thoughts and experiences have led me to believe that the poor educational quality of schools in this region of N.C. has a detrimental effect on a person’s likelihood to commit crime. I assume that schools with better test scores, better educated teachers, and more parent participation in the community are in lower crime areas.

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Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 2015
Northeastern North Carolina, violent crime, school quality, public high schools, school-to-prison pipeline

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