A Guide to Student Discipline

$210.00

CLE Credits earned: 3 GENERAL (or 3 LAW & LEGAL for WA state)

This webinar, presented by nationally recognized education attorneys Lori Kirsch-Goodwin and Hope Kirsch , will provide a comprehensive overview of student discipline, and a discussion of the competing interests of school safety and individual rights, especially now in the aftermath of so many tragic school shootings. The presentation will begin with a discussion of the Constitutional disciplinary protections afforded to all students, and then focus on the specific laws and additional protections afforded to students with disabilities, and the differences between discipline of students with IEPs under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”) and students with a Section 504 Plan. The presenters will guide the audience through the Manifestation Determination Review. Finally, they will explore avenues of resolution of disputes involving disciplinary matters, and appeals of disciplinary actions.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Constitutional due process in student discipline cases
•   Federal rights of students with disabilities in discipline cases
•   Manifestation Determination Reviews

Date / Time: December 5, 2019

•   2:00 pm – 5:15 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 4:15 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 3:15 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 2:15 pm Pacific

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Original Broadcast Date: October 4, 2019

Hope N. Kirsch, M.A.(Ed.), Esq. is a licensed special education teacher and 25-year attorney. She practices special education law with her sister, Lori Kirsch-Goodwin, 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. She has a Bachelor’s degree in special education from Boston University, a Master’s degree in special education from NYU, 30+ post-graduate credits in educational supervision and administration, and her law degree from Brooklyn Law School. She is admitted to the state and federal district courts in New York, New Jersey, Arizona and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Hope was instrumental in the passage of the first legislation in Arizona addressing restraint and seclusion and is currently involved in expanding that legislation. Hope is an AV® Preeminent rated attorney by her peers and judges (5.0 out of 5.0), representing the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards, and serves as a Judge Pro Tem in the Superior Court of Arizona.


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 at the law firm of Kirsch-Goodwin & Kirsch, PLLC, in Arizona. 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 23 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 New York, New Jersey and Arizona, and the 9th Circuit court of Appeals where she prevailed in a case before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that involved appropriateness of a school’s selection of location of a school for a student on the spectrum. Lori is AV-rated (5.0 out of 5.0).

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Section I. Sources of school discipline law and the history of student discipline due process

Section II. What educators need to know about Constitutional rights of students

Section III. Corporal punishment

Section IV. Federal laws governing discipline of students with disabilities

Section V. Manifestation Determination Reviews (“MDRs”)

Section VI. Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs)

Section VII. Restraint and seclusion

Section VIII. Hearings and appeals

Section IX. Legal remedies for students