Part 4

Resolving Disputes with Parents Series

The Due Process Complaint

IDEA requires school systems (called public agencies) to have procedures in place that make due process 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. This includes both the due process complaint (summarized in this issue of Resolving Disputes with Parents Series) and the due process hearing (described in the next issue).

A due process complaint is pretty much what it sounds like: a letter/complaint filed by an individual or organization on matters of conflict related to the identification, evaluation, or educational placement of a child, or the provision of a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to the child. There's a lot to know about filing a due process complaint; use the summary in this issue to learn how this type of complaint works as a dispute resolution approach.

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