The federal special education regulations require your state Department of Education to develop a system to provide information about state complaint procedures and how to resolve parent-school complaints.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 makes it illegal for public schools to discriminate against children with physical or mental disabilities. The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is responsible for resolving complaints of discrimination.
Parents need to be careful when you use your state complaint system or OCR. If the investigator does
not agree with your complaint, you may not be able to request a due process hearing on the same issue
cited in your complaint.
In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate, you'll find good advice about filing complaints, warnings to heed, and questions to ask before you decide whether to proceed.
Please don't hesitate to forward this issue to other friends, families, or colleagues.
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