Resolving Special Education Disagreements

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Parents and schools may disagree about any matter related to a child’s education, including whether or not a child is eligible for special education services, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) offered by the school, the type and length of services, and the child’s school and classroom placement. This fact sheet provides information on how parents can address and resolve disagreements. You can access the full guide here.

To learn more about requesting mediation to resolve special education disagreements and to access the necessary forms, click here.

Please note – this document is available in Spanish and Chinese.

Special note: In many cases, parents must notify a school that they disagree with a decision AND must take action to challenge a proposed IEP or placement within 10 days of written notice of the decision.

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