School Discipline

There are many reasons why a student may be disciplined by a school—and only a few of those reasons relate to a young person’s simple misbehavior. Much more often, there are underlying issues affecting the situation—students who have undiagnosed learning disabilities or attention issues, students have disabilities that are misunderstood or underestimated, or students who are bullied, are in some cases unfairly suspended or expelled from school. In these cases it is critical to work with a special education attorney or advocate.


There are specific laws and regulations which govern how and when schools can suspend or expel students, and all students are entitled to due process. Students with disabilities are protected in additional ways in the suspension or expulsion process, and it is important to understand the connection between any disability and the school disciplinary process. 


We can work with your family to get your suspended child back in school quickly and also to identify and address any contributing underlying factors. We also represent children in general education (those without disabilities) in school discipline matters.