If a child is having behavioral OR academic problems in school, a parent can refer the child for a Full and Initial Evaluation (called a Case Study [and by other names] in various areas of the country). It is important that the evaluation request be in writing and sent Certified Mail to the school district's Superintendent and/or the Special Education Director. Receipt of the letter by the school district immediately kicks in a critical protection for your child as it relates to discipline. An excerpt from the Federal regs: A child who has not been determined to be eligible for special education and related servicesand who has engaged in behavior that violated any rule or code of conduct of the local educational agency, may assert any of the protections provided for;if the LEA had knowledge that the child was a child with a disability before the behavior that precipitated the disciplinary action occurred. Your certified letter is proof the school district had "knowledge." You can learn more about it at http://web.archive.org/web/20031208...ations/searchregs/300subpartE/Esec300.527.php .