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ERIC Number: EJ916296
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Caught in the Middle: Disciplining Students with Disabilities
Nashatker, Janice
Principal Leadership, v11 n2 p46-50 Oct 2010
Student discipline is one of the least pleasant tasks that secondary school administrators must perform. As challenging as behavioral issues with general education students can be, situations involving the discipline of students with special needs often bring more stress, confusion, and frustration (Ward, Montague, & Linton, 2003). This may stem from several sources: the secondary administrator's feelings of inadequate personal preparation in the field of special education, the nature of student discipline, or the ever-present possibility of litigation from an angry parent. When dealing with the misbehaviors of students with disabilities, the principal is often caught in the middle. Principals who face the challenge of disciplining students who are receiving special education services must make a concerted effort to stay abreast of the special education law and keep communications with parents simple yet straightforward. Most importantly, if ethical issues do arise, principals should remember to objectively evaluate the challenge and its implications, all possible outcomes, and their knowledge of the component parts to assess levels of personal fluency in these areas before deciding to deviate from local district policies and procedures.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A