Webinar Archive: Time for Change:
Challenging School Policies & Practices to Help Students with Disabilities Stay in School

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Conducted November 10, 2010

This presentation examines how students who are at greater risk for suspension, expulsion and referral to the juvenile justice system because of behaviors associated with their disabilities, are targeted by school push-out policies and practices that systemically exclude these most vulnerable students from school and deny them their education. Presenters describe the array of such policies and practices Ė retention, academic sanctions, ineffective interventions, including those used for bullying and harassment, abusive use of zero tolerance, criminalization of disability related behavior and referral to law enforcement. Presenters identify and discuss concrete strategies for parents and advocates to use to help students protect their rights to remain in school and receive a high quality education.


Kathleen B. Boundy, Esq.is co-director of the Center for Law and Education (CLE) and has an extensive background in education law. An attorney with CLE for more than 30 years, Ms. Boundy has played a significant role through legislation, policy development and litigation in implementing and enforcing the rights of students with disabilities, including improved educational outcomes under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, as amended, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and No Child Left Behind.

Lili Garfinkel is Project Coordinator for Juvenile Justice at the PACER Center in Bloomington, MN. Ms. Garfinkel has coordinated PACERís Juvenile Justice Project since 1994 and prior to that served as the coordinator of PACERís Child Abuse project. From 1999-2006 she was also the Assistant Director of the National Center on Education Disability and Juvenile Justice or EDJJ, a unique partnership that provided research, training and technical assistance as well as parent advocacy in this emerging field. Ms. Gar≠finkel has written more than 10 publications on youth with disabilities and juvenile justice, and is a frequent presenter at national conferences.

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