Behavior & Discipline: What are Schools Required to Do?

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ISSN: 1538-320
March 4, 2014

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disparate school discipline graphIDEA protects a child with a disability from losing the right to FAPE because of behavior caused by their disabilities.

Yet, today, schools continue to suspend and expel students with disabilities for behavior. Often this behavior is a minor infraction of the school code of conduct.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn about the school's responsibility in behavior and discipline issues and the newest data and guidance from US DOE about improving school discipline policies.

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School Responsibility for Providing FAPE

A child with a language impairment who receives special education is suspended. Does the school have to provide any educational services during suspension?

Discipline: Suspension, Expulsions and IEPs. Parent attorney Bob Crabtree describes school's responsibilities under IDEA including provision of FAPE, alternative educational placements, functional behavioral assessments and behavior intervention plans.


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Shifting Away from Zero-Tolerance? Improving School Discipline Policies

US Department of Education releases a School Discipline Guidance Package.

Goal: Improve school discipline and school climate.

Reality: Kids with disabilities, especially minority kids, far more likely to be suspended, expelled, arrested, restrained than non-disabled kids.

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Assessments: Getting Good Diagnostics!

You need good diagnostics before coming up with the correct solution to behavior problems. Your child may require evaluation and additional testing to narrow down, diagnose, and set up a treatment plan.

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Behavior Management & Appropriate School Response

We have a Behavior Management Plan in place. But the school is NOT following the plan!

Angela Ciolfi, Esq. & William Reichhardt, Esq. discuss Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA), Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs), and parent's right to an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE).


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