The Learning Disabilities Association of America has the following response to the release of the report of the Federal Commission on School Safety:
The Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) is pleased that today’s report highlights best practices such as the use of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and a continuum of mental health services both in school and community settings. However, these practices are not new and, in fact, are already being implemented in schools around the country. LDA supports continuing and increasing these policies and practices.
Of deeper concern to LDA is the Commission’s recommendation to rescind the 2014 school discipline guidance. This guidance addresses the disproportionate impact of harsh and inappropriate discipline, such as the overuse of suspension and expulsion, on students of color, students with disabilities, and other vulnerable populations. Research bears out that students with learning and other disabilities are disproportionally the recipients of these harsh punishments. LDA believes the Department of Education should maintain this guidance and promote policies and practices that result in a safe climate for learning for all students.