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Requesting Mediation

There are times when you, as a parent, may want to communicate in writing with your child’s school about some problem or concern with your child’s education or well-being. This page presents a model letter or email you might write to request mediation as an approach to resolving a dispute with your child’s school.

Right to Receive a Complete Explanation of IDEA’s Procedural Safeguards

At least one time a year, the parents of a child with a disability must receive from the school system a complete explanation of all the procedural safeguards available to them, as parents, under IDEA. This explanation is called the “Procedural Safeguards Notice.” In this page, we’ll examine the purpose and contents of this notice, the times that parents will receive it, and other aspects of this important safeguard.

IDEA’s Part B Regulations on Due Process Hearings

Current as of September 2019 IDEA’s final Part B regulations addressing due process hearings begin at §300.311. Word for word, and in their entirety, the regulations read: §300.511 Impartial due process hearing. (a) General. Whenever a due process complaint is received under §300.507 or §300.532, the parents or the LEA involved in the dispute must […]

IDEA’s Part B Regulations on the Resolution Process

IDEA’s regulations describing the resolution process are found at §300.510. Word for word, and in their entirety, these regulations are: __________________________________ §300.510 Resolution process. (a) Resolution meeting. (1) Within 15 days of receiving notice of the parent’s due process complaint, and prior to the initiation of a due process hearing under §300.511, the LEA must convene […]

IDEA’s Part B Regulations on Mediation

IDEA’s final Part B regulations addressing the mediation are found at §300.506. Word for word, and in their entirety, the regulations read: §300.506 Mediation. (a) General. Each public agency must ensure that procedures are established and implemented to allow parties to disputes involving any matter under this part, including matters arising prior to the filing […]

IDEA’s Part B Regulations on State Complaint

Current as of September 2019 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 […]

Training Curriculum on Part B of IDEA 2004

Building the Legacy | Construyendo el Legado Updated, 2020 The Building the Legacy / Construyendo el Legado training curriculum is intended to help all those involved with children with disabilities understand and implement Part B of IDEA 2004, the nation’s special education law. The curriculum is organized according to five themes central to IDEA, with […]

Understanding ESSA: A Parents’ Guide to the Nation’s Landmark Education Law

(2018, August) | Useful to Parent Centers for sharing with the families they serve, to better parental understanding of ESSA and their role in advocating for how it is implemented in their state. This 19-page Parents’ Guide to ESSA comes from the U.S. Department of Education with the stated purpose of helping parents understand the […]

Categories of Disability Under Part B of IDEA

As part of making special education and related services available to children with disabilities in the public schools, IDEA defines the term “child with a disability.” That definition includes specific disability terms, which are also defined by IDEA, as this webpage describes.

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