How Do I File a Complaint?

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ISSN: 1538-320
April 18, 2017

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Section 504 makes it illegal for public schools to discriminate against children with disabilities. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is responsible for resolving complaints of discrimination.

The federal regulations require your state Department of Education to provide information about state complaint procedures and how to resolve parent-school complaints.

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 out how to file complaints, warnings to heed, questions to ask before you proceed, and how to write compelling complaint letters that make a decision-maker want to rule in your favor.

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How Do I File a Section 504 Complaint?

  • Does your child have a 504, but the teachers refuse to comply with the plan?
  • Do you have a discrimination issue?

Find answers to your questions and learn how to file a Section 504 complaint with OCR.


State Complaints Under IDEA

State complaints cover a broad range of violations of IDEA and must contain statement that LEA violated IDEA (Part B) and all the facts in the complaint.

The IDEA Procedural Safeguards Notice includes the requirement for state complaint procedures (34 CFR §300.151 through 300.153).


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Due Process Complaint Letter

In this live presentation Pete Wright teaches you how to create visual imagery to tell a story in your letter. Your letter may become the theme of your case.

Facts and law do not control the outcome of a complaint. The decision-maker controls the outcome.


18 Tips for Filing Complaints

Find out what you need to know before filing a complaint. Be very, very certain that you will never want to file for a hearing on the same issue.

Give careful thought to what you will "win" if you win your complaint.

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