Parents of American public school children are quite familiar with the fact that educational budgets are being slashed in every possible way. Unfortunately, when educational spending gets cut, students and teachers tend to bear a host of negative consequences. Teachers may become burdened by pay cuts and increased workloads, while students are given less access to arts programs, sports, a broad curriculum and other opportunities. All too often, students with learning disabilities bear unique burdens when school budgets get cut.
Sometimes, children with disabilities behave in ways that would ordinarily be labeled "bad behavior." Sometimes these children are simply acting out as children tend to do. However, disabled children often may act out in ways that are directly tied to their disabilities. As a result, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates that if a disabled child misbehaves, a manifestation determination review (MDR) must be conducted before the child can be suspended for up to 10 days in a row.