ERIC Number: EJ1047246
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
Discipline for Students with Disabilities in the Recovery School District (RSD) of New Orleans
Jeffers, Elizabeth K.
Policy Futures in Education, v12 n8 p1070-1077 2014
This article focuses on special education in New Orleans post Hurricane Katrina. After Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana's Recovery School District (RSD) took over 102 of the city's 128 schools with the stated goal of creating a "choice district" for parents. This "choice distric"' is made up of RSD direct-run schools, Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) schools, "open-admissions" charter schools and selective-admissions charter schools. Obtaining entrance into the more selective schools that succeed academically has become a survival-of-the-fittest contest, as special education students are often concentrated in certain schools. This is because of entrance requirements, enrollment caps and the RSD's hands-off approach with discipline proceedings. This article first reviews the legal precedents for special education and then discusses the application of these laws in the decentralized school system within New Orleans. The article was written by a former teacher in the RSD.
Descriptors: Discipline, Discipline Policy, Disabilities, Special Education, Natural Disasters, School Districts, Urban Renewal, State Policy, Federal Legislation, Related Services (Special Education), Enrollment, Suspension, Expulsion, Accountability, Educational Administration, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Practices, Educational Policy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Louisiana