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Solutions to high suspension rate for students with special needs

from The Huffington Post

A recent New York Times article reported that students with special needs are being suspended almost twice as often as their nondisabled peers. The Times cited a new analysis from the Center for Civil Rights Remedies: 13 percent of disabled students in kindergarten through 12th grade were suspended during the 2009-2010 school year, compared with 7 percent of students without disabilities. For a group of students already at-risk, these statistics are disheartening and alarming. Suspensions are a reactive punishment commonly used in situations where preventative measures are called for. Once the behavior incident has occurred teachers and administrators have far fewer strategies at their disposal. To achieve behavior change we need to focus on prevention so students don't have a reason to resort to inappropriate behavior. more

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