DRTx Interactive Discipline Guide – New Edition

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By taking the user step-by-step through the disciplinary process, the new edition of the DRTx Interactive Discipline Guide helps parents and school districts learn how to correctly apply the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) when disciplining a student with a disability. This guide was developed by Disability Rights Texas (DRTx) and is based primarily on the requirements of IDEA as reauthorized in 2004 and its regulations.

When using the guide, read each question carefully before you select your answer. Your answer to each question determines what information will follow. Items or phrases that are underlined are links that, when clicked, take you to other sources of information about that topic. You do not have to access these links to complete the program. If you do open any of the optional links, you just need to close that screen to return to the guide. Also, you can refer to the Discipline Guide for Students with Disabilities – Links and Glossary for useful links and comprehensive background information related to this topic.

We hope you find this process a useful tool for understanding and applying a very complex set of requirements. Of course, it is not intended to and does not replace an attorney’s advice or assistance based on your particular situation. You can also contact DRTx for additional information about the disciplinary process for students with disabilities.

To use the guide and start learning the process, visit the DRTx Interactive Discipline Guide.


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Disclaimer: Disability Rights Texas strives to update its materials on an annual basis, and this handout is based upon the law at the time it was written. The law changes frequently and is subject to various interpretations by different courts. Future changes in the law may make some information in this handout inaccurate.

The handout is not intended to and does not replace an attorney’s advice or assistance based on your particular situation.

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