Can the School Expel My Child with LD?

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Circulation: 93,087
ISSN: 1538-320
November 19, 2013

girls at schoolMy daughter has an IEP. She was suspended for fighting.

  • Can the school change placement because of behavior problems?
  • Can the school suspend your child for 45 days or longer?
  • Does the school have to provide educational services during suspension?

Do you know your rights and your child's rights concerning behavior problems and discipline?

If your child's behaviors are symptoms of a larger problem that needs to be addressed, putting her out of school will not address these problems.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn what the law requires IEP teams to do when children with disabilities have behavior problems, what rights your child has, and what parents can do to protect these rights.

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Discipline of Children with Special Needs

What you need to know about discipline of children with special needs by Attorney Bill Reichhardt.

  • short term and long term suspensions
  • the 10 day rule
  • continuation of services
  • changes of placement
  • ...and more
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Can the School Expel My Son?

Can the school expel my son with ADHD and LD? Are they just trying to get rid of him?

They can do this if you don’t know his rights and your rights. If you don’t know how to assert your rights, Pete explains what you should do.


Wrightslaw: All About IEPs

Behaviors Problems and IEPs

If your child has a behavior problem, your child's IEP team is required to consider "Special Factors" that affect his ability to learn.

IDEA includes procedural safeguards that are designed to protect your child's rights and yours.

See Chapter 7: Special Factors in IEPs, p. 59, Wrightslaw: All About IEPs.

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What You Need to Know about Suspending Kids from School

"The school sent my child with autism home for a weeklong cooling off period - can they do that?"

Pat Howey answers questions from parents about suspensions - when, how long, under what circumstances, what service, in-school suspensions, and basic issues of fairness.


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