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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.


Complaint Procedures - Explains the complaint process in more detail.

State Rules

IDEA State Complaint Rules - A 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:

Model Form to Assist Parent(s)/Guardian(s) in Filing a Complaint