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Dispute Resolution

Welcome to the Special Education Dispute Resolution website. The links below offer information on dispute resolution options available to parents and school districts regarding disputes that may 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 is an informal, voluntary process in which a neutral person assists the parties in communicating and exploring possible options for resolving conflict.  The goal of special education mediation is to help the parties reach their own mutually acceptable resolution of the disputed issues related to a student’s special education services.
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Model forms (use not required):
Mediation Request Form: PDF | Word
Solicitud de Mediacion : PDF

State Complaint

A State Complaint is a written complaint requesting an investigation of any alleged violations of the IDEA requirements.  A State Complaints Officer will conduct an informal investigation, considering the information and interviews of the parties involved, and issue a written decision.
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Model Forms (use not required):
State Complaint Form: PDF | Word
Queja con el Estado : PDF

Due Process Complaint

A Due Process complaint is a process involving an Administrative Law Judge who conducts a hearing, much like a formal court proceeding. The ALJ considers the information and testimony offered by each side and issues a written decision.
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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
Dispute Resolution Paralegal & Coordinator
woods_j@cde.state.co.us
303-866-6889


 

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