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This section provides a variety of state complaints. Some contain both the complaint submission and the response from the state educational agency (SEA).
Others contain only the report issued by the state educational agency. Complaints are arranged by issue and the state is indicated in parenthesis. Many complaints involve several issues and are therefore listed under more than one issue. All documents are PDF. The free PDF Reader is available here.

The following states make state complaint decisions available online: Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Wisconsin, Wyoming. Of these states, we consider Montana and Wisconsin as exemplary in the manner of presentation (i.e., databases that allow users to search reports by issue) Oregon also provides a user-friendly listing of complaints. Other states should be encouraged to present state complaint decisions online in a user-friendly and timely manner.

ACCOMMODATIONS

  • Hillsborough County School District (FL)
    SEA Report
  • East Central BOCES (CO)
    SEA Report
  • Gary Community School Corporation (IN) (Failure to provide accommodations per IEP)
    SEA Report (098-2015)
  • Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School (IN)(Failure to provide accommodation per IEP)
    SEA Report (087-2015)
  • Norfolk City Public Schools (VA) (Failure to provide accommodations per IEP)
    SEA Report

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

  • Broward County School District (FL)(Use of AT as specified in IEP)
    SEA Report
  • Toledo City Schools (OH) (Provision of AT as specified in IEP)
    SEA Report

BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION PLANS (BIPs)

CHANGE OF PLACEMENT

  • Norfolk City Public Schools (VA)
    SEA Report
  • Harrison 2 (CO) Filed by 4 parents of students with autism
    SEA Report (Remedies include reimbursement to parents)
  • Washington Township (IN)(Failure to return student to prior placement following manifestation determination)
    SEA Report

CHANGE OF SCHOOLS (Failure of receiving school to implement IEP in timely manner)

CHARTER SCHOOLS

  • Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School (PA) (failure to comply with IDEA Child Find requirements)
    SEA Report
  • Lebanon School District (NH) (failure to provide special education services to students in the Ledyard Charter School)
    Complaint #1 :: SEA Response
    Complaint #2 :: SEA Response
  • Gateway Lab School (charter) (DE) (failure to provide FAPE)
    SEA Report
  • Pencader Business and Finance High Charter (DE) (failure to comply with IDEA Child Find requirements)
    SEA Report
  • Baltimore City Public Schools (MD)(transportation)
    SEA Report
  • Adams 12 Five Star Schools (CO) (failure to comply with IDEA Child Find requirements)
    SEA Report
  • Medford (OR) (failure to comply with IDEA Child Find requirements, use of RTI to delay eval)
    SEA Report
  • Phalen Leadership Academy (IN)(Failure to respond to parent request for re-evaluation)
    SEA Report
  • 21st Century Charter School at Gary (IN)(Failure to have Child Find policies and procedures)
    SEA Report

CHILD FIND VIOLATIONS

CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES PLACED IN STATE-RUN OR PRIVATE FACILITIES

DISCIPLINE (see also Manifestation Determination)

  • Columbus City School District (OH)
    SEA Report
  • Palm Beach County School District (FL)
    SEA Report
  • Prince George's County Public Schools (MD)(improper use of disciplinary procedures)
    SEA Report

EDUCATIONAL BENEFIT

EDUCATIONAL RECORDS

  • Christina School District (DE) (Confidentiality)
    SEA Report  
  • Sanford School Department (ME) (Parent access)
    SEA Report
  • Sanford School Department (ME) (Consideration of parent-initiated evaluations or written statements of parent concerns)
    SEA Report

ELIGIBILITY

  • Franklin County School District (FL)(timeliness of eligibility meetings/failure to provide qualified professionals at eligibility meetings)
    Filed on behalf of seven students
    SEA Report

EVALUATIONS

  • Prince George’s County Public Schools (MD)
    SEA Report
  • Phalen Leadership Academy (IN)(Failure to respond to parent request for re-evaluation)
    SEA Report
  • Norfolk City Public Schools (VA) (Failure to obtain parental consent for observation/record review)
    SEA Report

EXTENDED SCHOOL YEAR SERVICES (ESY)

  • Prince George’s County Public Schools (MD)
    SEA Report
  • Howard County Public Schools (MD)
    SEA Report
  • Stamford Public Schools (CT) (Complaint filed by surrogate parent)
    SEA Report

FREE APPROPRIATE PUBLIC EDUCATION (FAPE)

FUNCTIONAL BEHAVIORAL ASSESSMENT (FBA)

INDEPENDENT EDUCATIONAL EVALUATIONS (IEEs)

INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATION PROGRAMS (IEPs)

  • Education Achievement Authority of Michigan (MI) (failure to include baseline data, provide goals/objectives/teacher input)(Filed by advocate)
    SEA Report :: SEA Report
  • Education Achievement Authority of Michigan (MI)(failure to include goals)(Filed by advocate)
    SEA Report
  • Education Achievement Authority of Michigan (MI)(failure to include baseline data)(Filed by advocate)
    SEA Report
  • Seminole County School District (FL)(Excusal of IEP team members)
    SEA Report
  • South Redford School District (MI)(failure to revise annual/goals not measurable)
    SEA Report
  • Hillsborough County School District (FL)(failure to provide accommodations and S/L therapy)
    SEA Report
  • Okaloosa County School District (FL)(failure to provide descrption of measurement of goals)
    SEA Report
  • Clarinda Academy (IA)(Filed by Disability Rights IOWA)
    Complaint :: SEA Report
  • Iowa Juvenile Home and Girls State Training School (IA)(Filed by Disability Rights IOWA)
    Complaint :: SEA Report

LEAST RESTRISTIVE ENVIRONMENT

  • Union Township School Corporation (IN)(Failure to provide class in the LRE per IEP)
    SEA Report (099-2015)

MANIFESTATION DETERMINATION

OBSERVATIONS

PARAEDUCATORS (or paraprofessionals)

PARENTAL PARTICIPATION (Issues involving predeterminations, depriving students from identification/eligibility or individually designed appropriate services/supports, IEP changes outside of meetings, deprivation of meaningful parental participation)

  • Prince George’s County Public Schools (MD) (failure to provide completed IEP in required timeframe)
    SEA Report
  • Education Achievement Authority of Michigan (MI)(failure to provide alternative means of participation)(Filed by advocate)
    SEA Report
  • Glastonbury Public Schools (CT)(Failure to allow parents to observe proposed private schools)(Filed by Attorney Jennifer Laviano)
    Complaint :: SEA Report
  • Houston Independent School District (TX) (failure to provide parents with translation of IEP)(Filed by Disability Rights Texas)
    Complaint :: SEA Report
  • Toledo City Schools (OH) (Provision of AT as specified in IEP)
    SEA Report

PROGRESS REPORTS

  • Prince George’s County Public Schools (MD)
    SEA Report
  • Southwest Licking Local Schools (OH)
    SEA Report
  • Education Achievement Authority of Michigan (MI)(Filed by advocate)
    SEA Report
  • Okaloosa County School District (FL)
    SEA Report
  • Gary Community School Corporation (IN) (Failure to provide progress reports to parents)
    SEA Report (098-2015)

PROVIDING SPECIAL ED SERVICES TO NON-IDEA ELIGIBLE STUDENTS

RELATED SERVICES

RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION

  • Medford (OR) (failure to comply with IDEA Child Find requirements, use of RTI to delay eval)
    SEA Report

RESTRAINT/SECLUSION

  • Milwaukee Public Schools (WI) (Use of restraint)
    SEA Report

SPECIAL FACTORS (Assistive technology, communication)

  • Montana (district redacted)
    SEA Report
  • Norfolk City Public Schools (VA)(failure to address AT needs following AT eval)
    SEA Report
  • Adams-Arapahoe School District 28J (CO)(failure to address communications needs of Deaf student)
    SEA Report
  • Northwest Allen County Schools (IN)(failure to provide student with interpreting services as specified in IEP)
    SEA Report

TRANSPORTATION

TRANSITION PLANNING

  • Montana (district redacted)
    SEA Report
  • South Redford School District (MI)(failure to develop transition plan)
    SEA Report