School District Policy Analysis: School's Responsibility of Disabled Children

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While individual school districts across the United States are autonomous entities granted with the legal authority to establish policy guidelines and sanctions for violation of these rules, each district must also comply with federal education mandates. One of these national programs, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), is designed to preserve the rights of disabled children by extending them additional protections and services within the public education sector. The local Greene County School District is no exception and its official policies regarding the discipline of disabled children are heavily influenced by the directives of the IDEA act, which states unequivocally that "if the local education agency (LEA), the parent, and members of the child's individualized education program (IEP) Team determine that the child's behavior was the direct result of the LEA's failure to implement the child's IEP, the LEA must take immediate steps to remedy those deficiencies" (U.S. Department of Education). The spirit of the disciplinary measures enacted by the IDEA legislation intends to protect qualified students suffering from a physical, mental or emotional disability from undue punishments or penalties which may result from behavioral misconduct that stems directly or indirectly from their disability. As such, the Greene County High School Student Handbook expressly states that, "when considering the discipline to be imposed, administrators will take into
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