ERIC Number: ED127720
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Suspensions and Expulsions: Current Trends in School Policies and Programs.
Neill, Shirley Boes
Two 1975 Supreme Court decisions (Goss v. Lopez and Wood v. Strickland) have caused educators to reevaluate discipline policy in light of due process for students. Increased attention to student rights and concern for civil liberties have contributed to closer examination of suspension and expulsion in particular. School districts and state education agencies all over the country are revamping discipline policies to provide for more alternatives to these two disciplinary measures. Good inschool suspension programs offer educational alternatives, not merely other forms of discipline. Alternative inschool suspension programs are frequently housed in separate buildings with a complete education program tailored to the individual needs of the students. This paper surveys national trends in alternatives to suspension and expulsion, as well as state and district policy changes. The positions of some professional associations (such as the National Education Association and the National Association of Secondary School Principals) toward these two controversial disciplinary measures are also presented. (DS)
Descriptors: Attendance, Civil Rights, Counseling Services, Discipline Policy, Due Process, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Expulsion, In School Suspension, National Surveys, Nontraditional Education, Professional Associations, School Districts, State Departments of Education, Student Rights, Supreme Court Litigation
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