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1. Adds new authority for school personnel.
School personnel may consider any unique circumstances on a case-by-case basis when determining whether to order a change in placement for a child with a disability who violates a code of student conduct. [615(k)(1)(A)]

Dialogue Starter - Cross-stakeholder

Reaction Questions

  1. Discipline means different things to different people. How might discipline in your school district/state be more clearly defined?

  2. What do you see as the intended outcome of this provision?

  3. What is a unique circumstance?

  4. Why do you think it was important for IDEA to include the consideration of unique circumstances?

  5. With respect to discipline issues, what might be some advantages (e.g., school, student) when considering unique circumstances?

  6. How will this provision impact all stakeholders?

Application Questions

  1. What knowledge, skills, and attitudes are needed by all stakeholders in order to develop a comprehensive and effective student conduct code?

  2. What processes might be used to determine how the unique circumstance provision is applied?

  3. Who will have the influence and authority to ensure that school personnel consider any unique circumstance on a case-by-case basis when determining placement following a violation of the student conduct code by a child with a disability?

  4. What are the implications of implementing a case-by-case approach to a change of placement for a child who violates a student conduct code?

    These questions were developed by the following stakeholders working together:

    Role: Related service provider
    Location: Illinois

    Role: Teacher
    Location: Washington, DC

    Role: Administrator
    Location: Maryland

    Role: State education agency
    Location: Michigan

    Role: School Psychologist
    Location: Alaska