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The Right to Disagree

Current as of October 2017 In Spanish | En español ___________________   Parents have the right to disagree with decisions that the school system makes with respect to their child with a disability. This includes the school’s decisions about: —the identification of the child as a “child with a disability”; —the child’s evaluation; —the child’s […]

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. Current as of October 2017 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 […]

Requesting a Due Process Hearing

From our series of model letters…because sometimes you need to communicate with the school about your child’s education. Current as of October 2017 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 […]

Requesting Mediation

From our series of model letters…because sometimes you need to communicate with the school about your child’s education. Current as of October 2017 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 […]

Mediation

Current as of October 2017 This information in Spanish | Esta información en español ____________________ IDEA requires school systems to have procedures to make mediation available to parents and public agencies to resolve a dispute involving any matter arising under Part B, including matters arising prior to the filing of a due process complaint. Mediation […]

Filing a State Complaint

Current as of October 2017 This information in Spanish | Esta información en español ______________ State 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 […]

Five Options, 1-2-3

Current as of October 2017 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 […]

The Due Process Hearing, in Detail

Current as of October 2017 So–we’ve arrived at the due process hearing, a longstanding option within IDEA for resolving disputes between parents and school systems. The two parties may have reached this point after unsuccessfully trying another of IDEA’s options for dispute resolution, or they may have waived those options and gone straight to the due […]

Due Process Hearings

Current as of October 2017 This information in Spanish | Esta información en español ___________________ We are pleased to offer you the overview below on the due process hearing as a dispute resolution option, which will include the following: Short summary Each party’s rights in the hearing Role of the hearing officer Timelines Can the […]

The Resolution Process

Current as of October 2017 This information in Spanish | Esta información en español ___________ IDEA now requires that school systems convene a resolution meeting within 15 days of receiving notice that a parent has filed a due process complaint and before the school system initiates the due process hearing hearing. The resolution process became part of […]

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