School discipline for students with learning disabilities is often a stressful time for the student and his parents. Students who have been diagnosed with a learning disability are given an I.E.P. (Individualized Education Program) if they attend a public or charter school during grade school, middle school, or high school. If that student allegedly commits a rules violation and, as a result, the school seeks a change of placement (i.e. suspension for ten days or expulsion), the student is entitled to certain procedural safeguards.
Public School Students who have been diagnosed with a recognized learning disability are awarded additional rights pursuant to IDEA. Therefore, when a school tries to implement a punishment against a protected student with a learning disability, the law provides that student with procedural safeguards before the school may impose the punishment.