Disciplining students can create a mess of legal issues. Disciplining students with special needs can get even messier. Our seasoned legal faculty will show you which response strategies are legally sound, and which will land you in hot water. Put an end to disruptive behavior without creating ammunition for a lawsuit - register today!
Determine when different types of discipline are (and are not) appropriate.
Learn how to evaluate if the misbehavior is a manifestation of a student's disability.
Discover how to conduct FBAs and design BIPs to address a student's behavioral issues.
Understand schools' legal obligations when students with disabilities are being bullied.
Discipline, Restraint and Seclusion of Special Ed Students
Suspension and Expulsion
Manifestation Determination Reviews
Conducting Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs)
Writing Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs)
Bullying - When Special Needs Students Are the Victims or Instigators
THOMAS A. MAYES is the attorney for the Iowa Department of Education's Division of Learning and Results, where he advises the department on special education law and policy and provides information on special education law to Iowa's parents and educators. Before joining the department, he was staff attorney for the Iowa Court of Appeals, a staff attorney in Iowa Legal Aid's Waterloo office, and law clerk to Justice James H. Carter of the Supreme Court of Iowa. Mr. Mayes is licensed to practice in Iowa courts, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and the U.S. Tax Court. He is a member and former president of the National Council of State Education Attorneys, and was appointed by Chief Justice Marsha Ternus to the state's Children's Justice State Council. He is a member of the National Association of Counsel for Children and is a certified child welfare law specialist. Mr. Mayes earned his bachelor's degree from Baylor University, his J.D. degree, with highest distinction, from The University of Iowa College of Law, and his master's degree in educational leadership from Lehigh University.
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