More than 15,000 secondary students in the United States participated in the "Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance-United States, 1999" survey. The study, conducted by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, revealed that
nearly 1 in 5 students carried guns or knives to school in the 30 days preceding the survey;
more than 1 in 10 students were involved in a physical fight on school property in the 12 months preceding the survey; and
nearly one-third of all students surveyed have been offered drugs on school property in the 12 months preceding the survey.
As the problems in government schools continue to mount and reform efforts fail to resolve this crisis in education, citizens are looking for a reform with results.
 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC Surveillance Summaries, 9 June 2000. MMWR 2000;49 (No. SS-5).