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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Download: Sample Letters for (Special Education) Dispute Resolution


By Andrew M.I. Lee
November 29, 2016

Writing letters to the school is an important part of advocating for the services your child needs. When you put a request into a letter, you create a record of your concerns and suggestions. You also document what the school has or hasn’t done for your child.

To protect your child’s rights, be sure to put any formal requests into a written letter, especially during dispute resolution.

You can use these sample letters for communicating with your school and other agencies. Keep in mind that states have their own rules. It’s important to review your procedural safeguards handbook. It describes your and your child’s rights and the process that you and the school must follow, including to whom letters should be addressed and when.

Also, every school and every child is different. Make sure to customize the sample letters for your needs.

Sample Letters for Dispute Resolution
  • Letter: Ask to Discuss a Problem With the School (View / Download)
  • Letter: Request a Copy of Your Child’s Records (View / Download)
  • Letter: Request an Independent Evaluation at Public Expense (View /Download)
  • Letter: Tell the School You’re Enrolling Your Child in Private School at Public Expense (View / Download)
  • Letter: Request an Explanation of Denial of Services (View / Download)
  • Letter: Request a Due Process Hearing/File a Due Process Complaint (View/ Download)
  • Letter: Create a Record of Successful Services (View / Download)

Andrew M.I. Lee, J.D. is an editor and former attorney who strives to help people understand complex legal, education and parenting issues. More by this author

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