ERIC Number: ED425607
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Analysis of Discipline Issues in Special Education.
Fiore, Thomas A.; Reynolds, Kimberly S.
This report describes a research effort to analyze extant information from state and local education agencies on the incidence and consequences of children with disabilities who bring weapons to school, engage in life-threatening behavior, or commit other acts of serious misconduct. Specific research activities included a review of existing national data sets, analysis of data from all 50 states (and the District of Columbia) and a sample of 62 school districts, and telephone interviews with 12 special education directors and school administrators in nine districts. The study analyzed data in terms of the following categories: suspensions, expulsions, percentage of misconduct by students with disabilities, disciplinary actions by disability category, weapons, gender, court injunctions, and due process. Among conclusions are the following: (1) states do not currently collect data appropriate for assessing misconduct by students with disabilities or the resulting disciplinary actions; (2) students with disabilities are probably suspended and expelled from schools at rates that exceed their proportion in the school population; (3) the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act do not prevent these suspensions and expulsions; and (4) students identified as emotionally disturbed are highly over represented among special education students suspended and expelled. Extensive data tables, due process summaries, and interview protocols are appended. (DB)
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Compliance (Legal), Data Analysis, Disabilities, Discipline, Disproportionate Representation, Due Process, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Emotional Disturbances, Expulsion, Federal Legislation, Incidence, Interviews, National Surveys, Sex Differences, Special Education, Suspension, Weapons
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Planning and Evaluation Service.
Authoring Institution: Research Triangle Inst., Research Triangle Park, NC. Center for Research in Education.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act