From Wright's Law Newsletter - November 3, 2003
3. Suspensions, Expulsions, and IEPs by Robert Crabtree, Esq.

"My daughter has a language impairment and an IEP. The school has suspended her twice for fighting. The vice principal said he plans to expel her. Can they do that?"

Attorney Robert Crabtree answers questions about suspensions, expulsions, IEPs, dangerous weapons, illegal drugs and alternative educational settings.

Learn about functional behavioral assessments, behavior intervention plans, long-term suspensions and expulsions, the child's rights, and what parents can do to protect these rights. Learn how to request a behavior assessment, an expedited hearing, and how to invoke "stay put."

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4. Behavior Problems: What Schools Are Obligated to Do by Pete Wright

A special educator writes, "We have a 15 year old tenth grader who is diagnosed "seriously emotionally disturbed." Academically, he is functioning at the 2nd grade level. He is placed in a self-contained classroom."

"Must we continue to provide special education services in the current setting if we believe the student is a danger to himself or others? What if the school has no alternative placement? What about the safety of other students, teachers, administrators?"

In Behavior Problems: What Schools Are Obligated to Do, Pete describes the school's obligations to provide FAPE. He asks hard questions.

What is driving the boy? Why are his skills at the 2nd grade level? Why is he not receiving remediation of academic skills? Pete explains that the school team needs good diagnostic testing before they can develop an appropriate educational plan.

After describing a treatment program he developed when he worked as a juvenile probation officer, Pete asks, "Why do we have to reinvent the wheel again and again?"

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5. Functional Behavior Assessments & Behavior Intervention Plans

If you are dealing with discipline or behavior issues, you need to learn about functional behavior assessments and behavior intervention plans. These articles will help.

* Functional Behavior Assessments: What? Why? When? Where? Who? by Stephen Starin, Ph.D.

In this article, you will learn:

What is a "Functional Behavioral Assessment"?
Why Do Functional Behavioral Assessments?
How Do You Determine the Cause or Function of Behavior?
Observe and Analyze Behavior in Natural Environment
Types of Problem Behavior
Systematic Manipulation of Environment
What About Qualifications and Training?
Don't Waste Valuable Time!

Disciplining Students with Disabilities by Kevin Dwyer, Executive Director, National Association of School Psychologists. This article provides you with practical advice about how to increase positive behaviors and decrease negative behaviors; recommended for school personnel and parents.

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