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IDEA State Complaint Resource Center

Your guide to effective state complaints under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)


The IDEA State Complaint Resource Center provides information and resources to assist parents, advocates and attorneys in using the IDEA Written State Complaint process for advocacy. Get comprehensive information on the IDEA State Complaint process along with podcasts, webinars, and video presentations, data on the number of complaints filed by state, direct links to complaint procedures in each state, a bank of state complaints listed by topic, and a tool to share a complaint with us for posting.


*** Featured Complaints ***

Iowa Juvenile Home & Clarinda Academy

Disability Rights Iowa, the state's federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) program,
filed IDEA state complaints in 2013 and 2014 regarding two facilities in the state that serve troubled youth.

Subsequent investigations by the Iowa Dept. of Education found multiple violations of IDEA,
as alleged in the complaints.


*** Complaint documents ***

Iowa Juvenile Home and Girls State Training School
A facility operated by the Iowa Dept. of Human Services serving delinquent girls.
Closed in January 2014.

Complaint filed by DRI (Aug 2013) (PDF - 14 pgs)
Investigation report issued by Iowa Dept. of Ed. (Dec 2013)(PDF - 72 pgs)

Clarinda Academy (www.clarindaacademy.org/)
A privately run, western Iowa school that offers educational and residential
treatment programs for boys and girls.

Complaint filed by DRI (June 2014) (PDF - 9 pgs)
Investigation report issued by Iowa Dept. of Ed. (Aug 2014)(PDF - 14 pgs)

Read local news article about these complaints.