Special Education Discipline Teachers Plead for More Control over Disabled Students
Gourley, Meghan, The Florida Times Union
WAYNESBORO -- When a first-grader at a Richmond County elementary school kept urinating on his classmates in the restroom, his teacher pulled him aside and tried to reprimand him.
His response to the teacher: "My brain didn't tell me I wasn't supposed to do that."
The boy was a special education student who, under federal law, is subject to more lenient discipline compared to his peers in the mainstream curriculum.
Some students, with mild disabilities such as slowed reading skills, figure out they can manipulate a system of administrators and teachers who feel their hands are tied when it comes to doling out appropriate punishment, educators said during a …
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Publication information: Article title: Special Education Discipline Teachers Plead for More Control over Disabled Students. Contributors: Gourley, Meghan - Author. Newspaper title: The Florida Times Union. Publication date: August 17, 1999. Page number: Not available. © 2007 The Florida Times-Union. COPYRIGHT 1999 Gale Group.
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