Five Options, 1-2-3

September 2012 This information in Spanish | Esta información en español There are times when parents and schools simply do not agree on some issue affecting a child's education. They may try informal approaches to resolving the conflict, such as reviewing and revising the child's IEP or holding a facilitated IEP meeting (an approach emerging in the field). When these don't result in agreement on what represents an appropriate education for … [Read more...]

Filing a State Complaint

September 2012This information in Spanish | Esta información en españolState complaints are an important procedural safeguard in IDEA, because they give individuals and organizations a mechanism through which they can address special education conflicts and resolve disputes. The complaint resolution process tends to be less intimidating than a due process hearing and is an alternative to it.Interestingly, the IDEA statute does not include State … [Read more...]

State Complaint, in Detail

September 2012 A state complaint is very much what it sounds like-–a letter you’d write to an official state agency to report an issue, conflict, or problem. Any organization of individual may file a state complaint (including those from another state). This makes state complaint an important mechanism for resolving disagreements between schools and others (such as parents or organizations). There are other mechanisms for resolving disputes, … [Read more...]

IDEA’s Regulations on State Complaint

September 2012 IDEA's final Part B regulations addressing the state complaint process are found at §300.151 through 300.153. Word for word and in their entirety, the regulations read: _________________________ State Complaint Procedures §300.151 Adoption of State complaint procedures. (a) General. Each SEA must adopt written procedures for— (1) Resolving any complaint, including a complaint filed by an organization or individual … [Read more...]

Indicator 16 | Resolution of Written Complaints

Updated, April 2013One of IDEA's jewels is the array of dispute resolution options it makes available to families, school systems, and stakeholders involved in educating children with disabilities. The law provides multiple mechanisms---mediation, due process complaints, due process hearings, resolution sessions, and State complaints.Indicator 16, shown in bold below, deals with "signed written complaints." Indicators 17, 18, and 19 address other … [Read more...]

Module 18: Options for Dispute Resolution

February 2008 English only slideshow Handouts for Participants in English and in Spanish Author Lisa Pagano Office of Special Education Programs U.S. Department of Education with special thanks to... Marshall Peter, Dick Zeller, Philip Moses, and John Reiman CADRE | Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education __________________________ Module 18 is all about IDEA's mechanisms for resolving disputes between … [Read more...]

Filing a Complaint with the State Education Agency

From our series of model letters...because sometimes you need to communicate with the school about your child's education. 3rd edition, January 2011 Model letter, in PDF (see page 21) En español | In Spanish   This short publication comes from a much longer Parent's Guide that focuses on communicating with your child's school via letter writing. There are times when you, as a parent, may want to communicate in writing with … [Read more...]

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