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Dispute Resolution

Welcome to the Dispute Resolution. The links below offer more information on available options for parents and educators for settling disputes that might arise during the Special Education process. In addition to information on Mediation, State Complaints, and Due Process Complaints, please explore our resources for early dispute resolution, understanding your rights, and important Special Education laws and regulations.

Mediation

Mediation provides a safe, collaborative environment for positive and effective communication between parents and professional educators involved with a child’s educational needs.
Click here for more info.

Model forms (use not required):
Mediation Request Form: PDF | Word
Solicitud de Mediacion : PDF

State Complaints

State Complaints are a dispute resolution option that involve the investigation of any alleged violations by an experienced State Complaints Officer.
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Model Forms (use not required):
State Complaint Form: PDF | Word
Queja con el Estado : PDF

Due Process Complaints

Due Process complaints allows an Administrative Law Judge to resolve disputes between parents and professional educators involved with a child’s educational needs by way of a hearing, which is much like a formal court proceeding.
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Model Forms (use not required):
Due Process Complaint Form: PDF | Word
Queja de Debido Proceso: PDF


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Contact Us

For more information, or to speak with someone about dispute resolution options, contact:

Exceptional Student Services Unit, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1100, Denver, CO 80202 | Phone: 303-866-6694, Fax: 303-866-6767

Wendy Jacobs, Esq.
State Complaints Officer
jacobs_w@cde.state.co.us
303-866-6213

Lisa Weiss, Esq.
State Complaints Officer
weiss_l@cde.state.co.us
303-866-6685

Jennifer Woods
Mediation Coordinator
woods_j@cde.state.co.us
303-866-6889


 

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