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Suspension, Expulsion, & IEPs

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Circulation: 83,635
ISSN: 1538-320
February 8, 2011

If you are a parent, teacher or administrator who is dealing with behavior problems or school discipline issues, you need to know about:

  • requirements for meeting the needs of children with behavior problems
  • FAPE: the right to a free appropriate public education
  • the role of the IEP team
  • functional behavior assessments
  • behavior intervention plans

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate, you will learn what the law requires IEP teams to do when children with disabilities have behavior problems, what rights your child has, and what parents can do to protect these rights.

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Suspension & Expulsion - What Can Parents Do?

My daughter has a language impairment and an IEP. She has been suspended twice for fighting. The vice principal plans to expel her. Can they do that?

In Suspensions, Expulsions, and IEPs, Parent attorney Robert Crabtree answers questions about suspensions, expulsions, IEPs, dangerous weapons, illegal drugs and alternative educational settings. Learn how to request a behavior assessment, an expedited hearing, and how to invoke "stay put."


What Are Schools Required to Do for a Child with Behavior Problems?

A student is a 15-year-old tenth grader who is diagnosed as 'seriously emotionally disturbed.' He is functioning on a 2nd grade level in academics. His placement is in a self-contained classroom, with a few hours in general education.

  • What is the school obligated to do?
  • Must they continue to provide special education services to the child in this setting if he is a danger to himself or others?
  • What about the safety of the other students, teachers, and administrators?
Pete answers these questions with a few of his own - and offers a plan to help the child. Read What Are the School's Obligations to Children with Emotional and Behavior Problems?
Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition

IDEA: 20 U.S.C. Section 1415(k)

The law about disciplining children with disabilities is in Section 1415(k) (Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, pages 118-123). If you have a child who is being disciplined or put out of school, you need to read this section.

More resources about Behavior Problems and Discipline.


IEPs for Children with Behavior Problems

The school had my child with autism arrested. The charges were dismissed but I am afraid this will happen again. What can I do?

In IDEA 2004: What You Need to Know About IEPs for Children with Behavior Problems, Pat Howey answers this parent's questions and offers strategies to use in dealing with this difficult situation.  

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