ERIC Number: ED408737
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Schools, Discipline, and Students with Disabilities: The AFT Responds.
Bader, Beth D.
This position paper of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) addresses issues related to the discipline of students with severe behavior disorders or other disabilities. It specifically considers: (1) placement of disruptive and/or dangerous students; (2) cost issues of alternatives to suspension and expulsion; (3) legal parameters under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; (4) staff issues (teachers have a right not to be verbally or physically assaulted by students); and (5) minority issues (since minority students have been disproportionately represented among suspended and expelled students). The paper encourages a focus on prevention and early intervention through use of discipline codes, improved classroom management, low-level classroom interventions, and behavior specialists. It also recommends a continuum of alternative placements including in-school crisis centers, in-school suspension, and longer-term alternative settings. The paper reaffirms AFT's position favoring alternative schools. Attached is a resolution on the issue of alternative schools passed by the AFT at its 1996 Convention; an outline of prevention and intervention strategies; and guidance on the law surrounding the discipline of students with disabilities. (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act