ERIC Number: ED232321
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Suspension and Expulsion in Special Education: A Technical Assistance Guide.
Cressey, John D.
The issue of suspension and expulsion of special education students is examined to assist state- and local-level administrators. Attention is directed to current local policies and practices and conceptual and legal considerations in the suspension and expulsion of handicapped students. Examples of problems and solutions documented by State Education Agencies and Local Education Agencies are included, based on the "Longitudinal Implementation Study of P.L. 94-142." The examples were drawn from six states: California, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Washington. It is noted that student suspension has meant the temporary removal of a student for severe or threatening student behaviors. Two major questions are addressed that emerged from recent court cases concerning the suspension/expulsion of handicapped students: (1) Does suspension or expulsion constitute a change in placement? (2) Does the misconduct relate to the child's handicap? Proposed changes in P.L. 94-142 regulations concerning discipline and procedures for handicapped students are included, and four recent court cases are briefly described. The following additional concerns to school districts are discussed: whether the recommended placement and the individualized education program for the handicapped student are appropriate, and what strategies can be used to avoid suspension and expulsion. Lists of two articles, four publications, and nine court cases are appended. (SEW)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC. Div. of Educational Services.
Authoring Institution: SRI International, Menlo Park, CA.