ERIC Number: ED419285
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Disciplinary Options for Students with Disabilities. Monograph No. 60.
Osborne, Allan G., Jr.
The rights and privileges granted by the Constitution were affirmed for special-needs students through passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). However, difficulties can arise when the duty of the school administrator to maintain order, discipline, and a safe environment clashes with special education students' rights to receive a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. Guidelines that school officials can follow when handling out discipline for students with disabilities are provided here. The text offers a point-by-point analysis of discipline policy. It outlines general disciplinary provisions and their effect on special education. The monograph also provides a detailed overview of when it is appropriate to suspend or expel special education students, including a look at manifestation doctrine, providing service during an expulsion, and injunctions to allow school districts to exclude dangerous students. Suspensions are discussed, as well as other disciplinary sanctions available to administrators, such as corporal punishment, alternative placement, and detention. Other issues that are addressed include individualized discipline programs and guns, alcohol, and drugs. Seven appendices offer further information on incident reports, records of disciplinary action, sample individualized disciplinary policy, and other materials. (Includes an index.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Compliance (Legal), Disabilities, Discipline Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Legal Responsibility, School Administration, School Policy, Special Education
Education Law Association, 300 College Park, Dayton, OH 45469-2280 ($20).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Law Association, Dayton, OH.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act