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M.A. in Special Education


Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education


College of Education


Kuder, S. Jay


Children with mental disabilities--Education (Secondary); School discipline; Student suspension


Special Education and Teaching


The purpose of this study was to determine if an alternative in-school suspension program will reduce the suspension rate of special education students as compared to an out-of-school suspension program. Thirteen special education students were selected to be the subjects of this research. The discipline records of these thirteen students from the 1997-98 school year were compared to the 1998-99 school year. The alternative in-school suspension program for the 1998-99 school year differs from the 1997-98 school year. The discipline policy for the 1998-99 school year includes a Learning Center which is attended from three in the afternoon to seven at night by the students who have received fifty disciplinary points by the administrator. This program allows students to attend school in an alternative placement as opposed to being out-of-school suspended. The research was attempting to find if the Learning Center would provide enough of a deterrent that the special education students' rate of misbehavior would decrease. However, sixty-four percent of the students actually had an increase of disciplinary points in the 1998-99 school year. Therefore, the results suggest that the in-school suspension program was not successful.