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Education Agency (TEA) offers multiple processes for resolving disputes related
to special education: individualized education program facilitation (FIEP), mediation,
special education complaints, and due process hearings. Links to information
for these processes are below.
facilitation serves as a means of preventing disputes related to special
education programs and services and serves as an alternative dispute resolution
process for issues related to special education. For more information about the
state’s IEP facilitation program, see Individualized Education Program
Special Education Complaints
If you believe
a public agency, including TEA, has violated federal or state requirements
related to special education, you may file a special education complaint with
TEA. For more information about the state’s
special education complaints process, see Special Education Complaints Process.
mediation to parties who have a disagreement involving the educational program
for a student with a disability. Mediation is voluntary, meaning that both
parties must agree to participate in mediation. TEA provides information about
mediation each time it receives a special education complaint or a due process
hearing request, but parents and local educational agencies (LEAs) may request
mediation at any time. For more information about mediation, see the Office of Legal Services, Special
Education Mediation Program.
education due process hearing is a formal legal process similar to going to
trial in a court. A district or parent may request a due process hearing when a
parent and the district do not agree about the identification, evaluation,
educational placement or services of a student with a disability or when the
parties disagree on the provision of a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)
to the student. For more information about due process hearings, see the Office of Legal Services, Special
Education Due Process Hearing Program.
Education Dispute Resolution Handbook
More detailed information
about the processes above can be found in TEA’s Special Education Dispute Resolution Handbook.
The English version of
the Special Education Dispute Resolution
Handbook may be found by clicking here: Special Education Dispute Resolution Handbook.
The Spanish version of the Special
Education Dispute Resolution Handbook may be found by clicking
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The agency can provide
copies of the Special Education Dispute
Resolution Handbook in other languages as needed.