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Discipline of Students with Disabilities Under IDEA and Section 504

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  • 60 minutes

Discipline of students with disabilities is a challenge due to the competing interests of school safety and individual rights, especially now in the aftermath of Parkland and Santa Fe. This session will provide a comprehensive overview of various laws governing school discipline of students with disabilities, and provide guidance to all school/education law attorneys on the different levels of due process required. 

In this webinar expert speakers Hope N. Kirsch, Lori Kirsch-Goodwin, they will discuss the importance of a Manifestation Determination Review and what it entails. Finally, they will explore avenues of resolution of disputes involving disciplinary matters. 

Session Highlights:

  • Constitutional due process in student discipline cases 

  • Federal rights of students with disabilities in discipline cases

  • Manifestation Determination Reviews 

  • Avenues of dispute resolution 

Why You Should Attend:

This webinar is for discipline protections of students with disabilities, the presentation will begin with a discussion of the Constitutional disciplinary protections afforded to all students, and then we will focus on the specific laws and extra protections afforded to students with disabilities, and the differences in discipline of students with IEPs under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. 

Who Should Attend: 

  • Educators (school administrators, teachers)

  • School law attorneys

  • Special education attorneys 

  • Attorneys who practice in the area of disability law

  • Criminal defense attorneys

  • Parents

  • School Governing Board members 

  • Educational advocates 

  • Hearing Officers 

  • Administrative Law Judges


*You may ask your Question directly to our expert during the Q&A session. 

** You can buy On-Demand and view it as per your convenience.

Hope N. Kirsch & Lori Kirsch-Goodwin

Hope N. Kirsch & Lori Kirsch-Goodwin

Hope N. Kirsch, M.A.(Ed.), Esq., is a licensed special education teacher and attorney having experience. She practices special education law at Kirsch-Goodwin & Kirsch, PLLC, representing K-12 and higher education students throughout Arizona in school-related matters including advocacy, Due Process, 504s, OCR, discipline and bullying. Hope was a special education teacher and coordinator in the New York City public schools for 18 years where she worked with the most challenging populations and supervised and trained teachers in teaching strategies, curriculum development, writing IEPs and behavior management.


Lori Kirsch-Goodwin, Esq., is a 30+ year litigation attorney whose practice is devoted to education and special education matters on behalf of students and their families. Lori has a Bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and her law degree from Bridgeport (now Quinnipiac) University. Lori began advocating for special needs students when her own son, now 22 years old, was found eligible for special education when he was in Kindergarten. Lori is regularly involved in eligibility and IEP meetings, MDRs, disciplinary due process hearings, OCR, IDEA Due Process, and DDD appeals. She is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in NY, NJ and AZ, and the 9th Circuit, and is AV-rated (5.0 out of 5.0).

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