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School Discipline and Education

By Shawna L. Parks & Maronel Barajas

Students with disabilities are disproportionately subjected to school discipline, which can cause the students to drop out of school. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act requires schools to assess students and develop plans to deal with their disabilities and, with certain exceptions, prohibits schools from imposing discipline for behavior that is a manifestation of a student’s disability. Advocates should be familiar with both the preventive steps they may take and the protections for students with disabilities.

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