ERIC Number: ED378711
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Sep-28
Discipline and Students with Disabilities: An Analysis of State Policies. Final Report. Project FORUM.
Ahearn, Eileen M.
This report reviews current state policy and practices in the disciplining of students with disabilities, as they are expressed in state documents including statutes, regulations, and other types of written records. Federal law, regulations, and case law are summarized in the report's introduction and background. Findings are presented in terms of an overview of the state documentation as well as specific components of state discipline policy. Issues discussed include definitions, the evaluation team and the Individualized Education Program, referral for evaluation concerning suspected disabilities during disciplinary action, consecutive versus cumulative days, in-school suspension and transportation, continuation of education after suspension and expulsion, violence and weapons, and some unique state provisions. The report concludes that the success of the reform effort to raise the standard of American education depends on eliminating the perception that students with disabilities are exempt from school discipline rules and on development of a clear understanding of the need for protecting their rights. The report does not contain a compilation of all state-level legal provisions, nor is it intended to be a source of any state's complete policy on this topic. An appendix lists source documents reviewed. (Contains 25 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.
Note: For related documents, see EC 303 608-609.