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  • “Formal” hearings:

    entitled to students who receive long-term suspensions (that last for more than ten days); these hearings more closely reflect court procedures; students typically have the right to attorney, to cross-witness, and to call witness, but these are subject to limits.

  • Free Appropriate Public Education (“FAPE”):

    services guaranteed to all students regardless of the severity of their disabilities which include: services that meet individual needs of disabled students as well as the needs of nondisabled students are met, periodic reevaluations of the student’s learning plan, and the establishment of due process. 

  • Functional Behavioral Assessment (“FBA”):

    in the event of a “change in placement” (where a disabled student is suspended for more than ten days), a FBA is an assessment conducted to determine how to develop or modify the student’s IEP so as to address the behavior that resulted in the imposition of disciplinary measures.

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  • Fundamental/constitutional right:

    a right guaranteed to you by the U.S. Constitution (in states where education is a fundamental right, the process to remove students from schools is most difficult.)