Keeping Students with Disabilities in School

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Legal Strategies and Effective Educational Practices for Preventing the Suspension of Students with Disabilities

This publication by the Southern Disability Law Center (SDLC) includes ways to use some of the discipline provisions and other Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requirements to prevent the use of suspension, expulsion and removals to alternative education programs (Disciplinary Alternative Education Programs [DAEPs] in Texas) and to keep students in school. It addresses both legal strategies under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and effective educational practices for preventing the disciplining of students with disabilities. This Resource Manual is intended for parents of students with disabilities and professionals. Its publication is timely considering that students with disabilities are presently suspended at rates much higher than students without disabilities in many school districts across Texas. Click here to go the publication on the SDLC website.