Discipline in Special Education
- Allan G. Osborne, Jr. - Snug Harbor Community School (Retired), Quincy, Massachusetts
- Charles J. Russo - University of Dayton, USA
Classroom Discipline | Legal Issues | Special Education
—Lois F. Berlin, Superintendent
Falls Church City Public Schools, VA
'The authors present readable, practical guidelines detailing the full spectrum of discipline-related legal issues impacting students with special needs'—Kevin P. Brady, Assistant Professor
North Carolina State University
Leading experts Allan G. Osborne, Jr., and Charles J. Russo illustrate how existing legislation affects the rights of students with disabilities and provides educators with clear guidelines for taking suitable disciplinary actions under the reauthorization of IDEA 2004.
Ideal for school principals, assistant principals, guidance counsellors, school board members, and special education faculty, this resource includes frequently asked questions, a glossary of terms, acronyms, and abbreviations for easy reference. In language that is current and reader friendly, this book also:
- Analyzes case law, including Honig v. Doe, the primary court decision concerned with disciplining students with disabilities
- Offers a thorough overview of IDEA's many detailed disciplinary mandates and provides suggestions for implementing each of the mandates
- Clarifies the IDEA provisions that protect students to help ensure they are not being disciplined for actions that stem from their disabilities
Discipline in Special Education helps school personnel gain a solid foundation for making disciplinary decisions that are fair and legal.
"While school officials are vested with the authority to ensure an orderly school environment, they must conform to a complex array of legal and regulatory mandates extending entitlements to special education students. Whether discussing parental notification, the manifestation determination, the requirements for free appropriate education in alternative placements, or emergency removal of a dangerous student, this book provides the educator with a concise guide that combines a proactive approach to problem solving with a pragmatic approach for best practice in special education."
"Osborne and Russo provide practitioners with a practical, easy-to-follow guide for best practice in response to disciplinary transgressions for special education students. Their book is informative, well organized, and a ready resource for busy administrators who are trying to run safe, orderly schools."
"Disciplining students with disabilities is one of the more controversial and confusing aspects of special education law. Osborne and Russo's book provides readable, practical guidelines detailing the full spectrum of discipline-related legal issues impacting students with special needs. School leaders will benefit greatly from the authors' legal expertise and ability to deconstruct the myriad of legal topics into a comprehensible text."
"A compelling read. I found myself making notes in the margin to remind me to share excerpts with colleagues, both administrators and teachers. Discipline in special education can be a daunting issue for school administrators who are not familiar with the laws and regulations. This is a valuable overview of school law and how to apply it. One of the most useful books I have read as a building principal."
"Prepares administrators to help our most vulnerable children get the best education possible. A quick yet thorough resource for understanding and navigating the US legal system. This should be in every principal’s office."
"Full of highly useful information that will particularly benefit school administrators. Educators out in the field have long needed a clear and concise explanation of this very complex area in special education."