Special Education Complaints
The special education complaint system is designed to ensure that all children (birth through age 21) with disabilities are provided a free appropriate public education (FAPE).
- Parents, individuals, or organizations may file a signed, written complaint with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) if they believe a district or public education agency has violated federal or state special education requirements. 34 C.F.R. 300.151-300.153.
- The complaint must allege a violation that occurred not more than one year prior to the date MDE receives the complaint. 34 C.F.R. 300.151.
- The party filing the complaint must forward a copy of the complaint to the district or public education agency serving the child at the same time the party files the complaint with MDE. 34 C.F.R. 300.153.
Free or Low-Cost Legal Resources or Other Relevant Services - 10/5/16
A resource for parents seeking free or low-cost legal or other advocacy services.
Complaint Form - 12/14/15
Optional form for submitting a special education complaint.
Outlines how to file a special education complaint for Part B with MDE and what happens once a complaint is received.
Outlines how to file a special education complaint for Part C and what happens once a complaint is received.