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About this Project

The IDEA State Complaint Resource Center is designed to provide parents, advocates and attorneys with information and resources to assist in using the State Complaint process effectively. We believe the IDEA State Complaint process is underutilized as a tool for improving the compliance and quality of special education programs. The number of written state complaints filed has declined by 15 percent between 2005-2006 and 2010-2011 according to data compiled by CADRE. Yet State Complaints are the only avenue for addressing systemic issues of noncompliance.

The usefulness of state complaints was noted by the U.S. Dept. of Education when issuing the IDEA Federal regulations in 2006:

“Through its Part B State complaint procedures, each State has a powerful tool to address noncompliance with Part B of the IDEA and its implementing regulations in a manner that both supports and protects the interests of children and their parents and facilitates ongoing compliance by the State and its public agencies with the IDEA and implementing regulations” (Source: 71 FR 46601 August 14, 2006).

And, as special education law authority Perry Zirkel has noted:

“this route of IDEA dispute resolution … requires far less, if any, in terms of legal representation, case preparation, and face-to-face adversariness.” (Source: Legal Boundaries for the IDEA Complaint Resolution Process, 2014)

We are pleased to have the assistance of the following individuals as advisors to this project:

Kathleen B. Boundy
Center for Law and Education

Candace Cortiella
Founder and Director
The Advocacy Institute

Marcie Lipsitt
Education Advocate

Denise Marshall
Executive Director
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates

Lauren Morando Rhim
Co-founder and Executive Director
National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools

Diane Willcutts
Education Advocacy, LLC