Education Law: Discipline of Students, K-12 and Higher Education

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  • 60 minutes

The 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 course 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. 

Join this session by expert speaker Hope N. Kirsch & Lori Kirsch-Goodwin will provide guidance on ensuring discipline procedures at educational institutions are legally compliant. This session will help school administrators, educators and others who are involved in disciplining students to understand the legal obligation of keeping all students safe without infringing on the constitutional rights of students. 

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 schools need to have disciplinary policies 

  • Federal laws regarding school safety 

  • The interplay of school discipline and individual rights 

  • What educators need to know about the constitutional rights of students 

  • Legal remedies for students 

  • How to ensure students’ disciplinary due process rights are not violated 

  • How to conduct legally compliant due process disciplinary hearing 

  • Learn non-disciplinary intervention and alternatives to classroom discipline 

  • Relief and remedies available to students in public schools, private schools, colleges and universities 

Why You Should Attend: 

The presentation will begin with a discussion of the Constitutional disciplinary protections afforded to all students, and then discuss 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. Finally, we will explore avenues of resolution of disputes involving all disciplinary matters. 

Who Should Attend: 

  • Educators (school administrators, teachers) 

  • School law attorneys 

  • Attorneys who represent students 

  • 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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