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What is a citizen complaint?

On Behalf of | Oct 14, 2022 | Special Education Law, Special Needs Planning |

All parents want to ensure that their children receive the best education possible. When you have children with special education needs, it can cause a lot of stress to determine whether the school can provide your kids with adequate education and care in an environment where they can thrive. Special education is supposed to be as minimally restrictive as possible to help children with special needs learn better than they would in a traditional environment.

According to the office of the governor of Washington, your children have a right to an education and if you fear their rights become violated, you can file a complaint.

What is a citizen complaint?

If you disagree with the school district, a complaint might be your next step. A person may file a complaint because he or she disagrees with the school’s refusal to acknowledge his or her child as disabled. The school may not evaluate the student properly or may not identify him or her in a way that allows the child to receive special education. Other complaints may arise if the school does not deliver special education services as required or if the parents disagree about where the school placed the child.

How can you file a citizen complaint?

To file a citizen complaint, you need basic information about the situation. The information should include the student’s name, the school district and the nature of the problem. In addition to the problem, you should list what you believe could resolve the problem. For instance, you may demand another evaluation of your child if the school fails to recognize him or her as disabled.

When it comes to your children’s education the citizen complaint process allows you to advocate for them when the school fails.


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