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‘We Can't Tolerate That Behavior In This School!’: The Consequences Of Excluding Children With Behavioral Health Conditions And The Limits Of The Law, Kate Mitchell Jan 2017

‘We Can't Tolerate That Behavior In This School!’: The Consequences Of Excluding Children With Behavioral Health Conditions And The Limits Of The Law, Kate Mitchell

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The disciplinary exclusion of children with behavioral health conditions is rampant in public schools in the United States. The practice of suspending and expelling students with behavioral challenges, caused in part by a lack of understanding of the causes of children's behavioral challenges and failures by schools to implement appropriate behavioral supports and interventions, results in the isolation and segregation of some of the most vulnerable students. Research has clearly established that these exclusionary practices are ineffective both in addressing behavioral challenges and in keeping schools safer. In fact, disciplinary removals result in lost educational opportunities, increased dropout risk ...