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reform school

re•form•a•to•ry

(rɪˈfɔr məˌtɔr i, -ˈtoʊr i)

adj., n., pl. -ries. adj.
1. serving or designed to reform.
n.
2. Also called reform school. a penal institution for reforming young offenders, esp. minors.
[1580–90; < Latin refōrmā(re) to reform + -tory1, -tory2]

reform school

a reformatory
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Noun1.reform school - correctional institution for the detention and discipline and training of young or first offendersreform school - correctional institution for the detention and discipline and training of young or first offenders
borstal - formerly a British reform school for youths considered too young to send to prison
correctional institution - a penal institution maintained by the government
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An' her with seven, an' two of 'em in reform school," the girl at the next board sniffed sympathetic agreement.
I traded for postage-stamps, for minerals, for curios, for birds' eggs, for marbles (I had a more magnificent collection of agates than I have ever seen any boy possess--and the nucleus of the collection was a handful worth at least three dollars, which I had kept as security for twenty cents I loaned to a messenger-boy who was sent to reform school before he could redeem them).
He constantly causes problems and has been sentenced to several youth camps and reform schools in an attempt to straighten him out.
This chronological history of efforts to educate boys, especially boys of color, immigrant boys, and impoverished boys, situates the 'boy problem' in the context of the development of compulsory education, special education, reform schools, and the juvenile justice system during the 100-year period from 1870 to 1970.
The Interior Minister indicated to the Ministry's efforts in the rehabilitation and construction of prisons and reform schools in accordance with the international standards, praising the PRI's cooperation in this regard.
And a number of state policies give district leaders the power to reform schools, such as with performance pay for teachers.
He appeared in 1946 Central Office of Information film, Children On Trial, about reform schools.
Addressing the educational challenges faced by children from disadvantaged families will require a broader and bolder approach to education policy than the recent efforts to reform schools.
CONDEM plans to reform schools will create a lost generation of children, teachers warned last night.
Today, we lost a great partner in our work to reform schools.
Reform schools get funding through state faith-based initiatives, voucher programs, churches, and from parents.
They said this was supposed to benefit and protect the child but instead they took a child away from the environment of their culture and placed that child into a discriminating and racist environment such as foster homes, group homes, reform schools and adoption agencies.