- Associated Press - Sunday, March 20, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - State officials are cracking down on how school districts handle special-needs students who have outburst.

The Oregonian reports (https://bit.ly/1Lzckm2 ) that officials sent a strongly worded memo to all school districts this year telling them they cannot shorten a special education student’s day except under limited circumstances. Previously, districts had often limited students who had outburst to half-day schedules.

State officials are trying to curb the practice of using disability-related misbehavior by students as a reason to curtail their school day.

Oregon law says students are entitled to a certain number of hours of instruction each year, ranging from 900 for elementary students to 990 to high school students. Federal law says special-needs students must be educated alongside their non-disabled peers as much as possible.

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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