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Dispute Resolution

The Dispute Resolution Project provides information, resources, and training opportunities to help parents resolve disagreements concerning special education with public schools. Helping your child with disabilities receive an appropriate education is one of the most important jobs you have as a parent. You and your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) team may or may not agree on everything. Disputes and disagreements do occur.


NEW! Special Education: What Do I Need to Know? — View it hereFlash Video

A 37 minute audio/video overview of special education created to help parents of children with disabilities understand what special education is, how a child might get into special education, how to resolve disagreements, and what role parents play.
Developed by PACER Center, it is funded in part by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education.

This presentation has been translated to Hmong, Spanish, and Somali.

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Information Cards

Parent Information Cards
Laminated 3 x 5-inch cards detailing parent rights and responsibilities in special education as well as topics of discussion for IEP development that parents can bring with them to their child's IEP meetings. 2010. (See translations for Spanish, Hmong, and Somali versions)
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A Guide to the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for Minnesota Parentspdf icon
Helps parents work with schools to address each child's special needs through understanding the required components of the IEP. Includes examples from an example IEP form. 2018.
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A Parent's Guide to Special Education Advisory Councils (SEAC)pdf icon
This book gives an in depth look at how special education advisory councils work. 2006.
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As a parent, you know your child in a way no one else can. You are an expert on your child and a vital member of the team that plans your child’s education. You, as a parent, can be the key to an appropriate education for your child. You have important information to share about your child’s educational planning, and you can take action to make changes when they are needed. To be an effective advocate, you must know your rights and those of your child. Exercising these rights and fulfilling your responsibilities are important steps in supporting your child on his or her educational journey. This book offers an overview of special education in Minnesota.
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Working Together: A Parent's Guide to Parent and Professional Partnership and Communication Within Special Education
Helps parents effectively communicate with special education professionals as they develop their child's educational program. Updated 2019.
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Record Keeping Folders

image of Special Education Record Keeping Folders publication Special Education Record Keeping Folders
Special education records contain important information for making educational decisions. This set of 6 folders helps parents organize school paperwork to help them make good decisions about their children's education. 2014.
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Publication Name Publication Code
Checklist: Preparing for a Conciliation Conference PHP-c292
Checklist: Preparing for a Facilitated Team Meeting PHP-c288
Checklist: Preparing for and Attending Mediation PHP-c200
Due Process Options in the Special Education Process PHP-c258
Facilitated Team Meetings PHP-c90
Filing a Complaint with the MDE PHP-b17
Keys to Success in the Family-School Partnership GE-1
Keys to Success in the Family-School Partnership (Hmong) GE-1h
Keys to Success in the Family-School Partnership (Somali) GE-1so
Keys to Success in the Family-School Partnership (Spanish) GE-1s
Know Your School District: Tips for Parents PHP-c112
Making Decisions About Your IEP After You Turn 18: Questions and Answers for Students With Disabilities Who Are Their Own Guardian PHP-c300a
Minnesota Due Process Options PHP-a25
Record Keeping Supports Parent Participation in Special Education Planning PHP-c155
Resolving Special Education Issues: It Seems Like the School is Not Following My Child's IEP - What Can I Do? PHP-c93
Resolving Special Education Issues: Keeping Special Education Records PHP-c94
Solving Disagreements With Your IEP Team After You Turn 18: Questions and Answers for Students With Disabilities Who Are Their Own Guardian PHP-c300b
Teens and Young Adults with Disabilities: Be Your Own Best Advocate PHP-c116
Top Ten Tips, Ideas to Improve Parent to Professional Communication PHP-c198

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Translated content: Hmoob/Hmong | Español | Soomaliga/Somali

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