For Students with Disabilities, Discipline Issues Take Toll

The Council of State Governments Justice Center

In the 2011-12 school year in Fairfax County, students with disabilities made up 14 percent of the school population but represented 40 percent of discipline cases involving long-term suspensions. The county School Board voted last month to adopt a number of revisions to the district’s discipline policies — known as Student Rights and Responsibilities — including ­changes aimed at addressing the disproportionate number of cases involving students with disabilities. Kim Dockery, assistant superintendent for special services, said a new, tiered approach to discipline offers a range of consequences for certain infractions, a change that she said will help address the disparity. She said that with the new policies, “there are fewer behaviors where suspension and expulsion are mandatory.”

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