ERIC Number: ED353726
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
An Examination of Suspension and Expulsion Issues for Students with Disabilities in Iowa.
Iowa State Dept. of Education, Des Moines. Div. of Elementary and Secondary Education.
This paper examines issues relating to suspension and expulsion of students with disabilities in Iowa and presents procedures and best practices which satisfy legal requirements and are based on judicial rulings. The following issues are considered concerning suspension: suspension of a special education student for more than 10 consecutive school days; limits on total accumulation of suspension days in a school year; inclusion of in-school suspension in allowed cumulative totals; Individualized Education Program (IEP) considerations in suspensions; possible negative consequences of suspensions; and alternatives to suspension. Principles of expulsion discussed include due process procedures under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; expulsion as a change of placement; requirements of reevaluation; development of an educational program for the expelled student with disabilities; and legal recommendations to avoid expulsion as an option. Best practices identified include: adherence to the required procedural steps for suspension; coordination with the student's IEP team; holding an IEP meeting after the student has been suspended for a total of 5 days; and consultation with the school district's attorney before or during the suspension procedure. (DB)
Descriptors: Compliance (Legal), Court Litigation, Disabilities, Due Process, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Expulsion, Federal Legislation, Guidelines, In School Suspension, Individualized Education Programs, State Standards, Student Evaluation, Student Placement, Suspension
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Dept. of Education, Des Moines. Div. of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Identifiers - Location: Iowa