Formal Written Complaint (Dispute Resolution)
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When a parent believes a district or an AEA has violated state rules and wants the State to investigate, a formal written complaint needs to be filed with the Iowa Department of Education.
The following materials explain the complaint process in more detail:
This section of the Iowa Administrative Rules of Special Education explains the complaint process according to state law:
Model Request Format
Since the law clearly states what criteria needs to be present in a written complaint, the material below provides rules for submitting a complaint and a model form that can be completed and submitted by the parent: