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This study addressed the perceptions of assistant principals, counselors, and school district-level administrators about the overrepresentation of minority special education students in district alternative education placements. The purpose of this study was to examine the discipline practices at three middle school campuses in one 6A urban school district to understand minority special education students’ overrepresentation in discretionary district alternative education placements. The researcher conducted one-on-one interviews with assistant principals, counselors, one dean of students, one assistant superintendent, and one special education director. A document analysis and a data review were conducted to triangulate the results. The findings indicated that years of experience, training, parent involvement, and understanding the function of behavior all impacted discipline decisions for minority special education students. Additional findings uncovered that school documents and training offered by the school district affected how administrators and counselors responded to behavior. I concluded that the counselors, assistant principals, and district-level personnel who participated in the study understood the need to engage minority special education students and their parents in the school. Building an inclusive school environment that engages all stakeholders takes an intentional plan of action.
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Weiss, Tiffany Laine, "School Leaders and Exclusionary Practices: A Study of Discretionary DAEP Placements for Minority Special Education Students" (2021). Digital Commons @ ACU, Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 387.