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Use the form linked above to file a complaint regarding Division 22 Standards, discrimination, restraint and seclusion, retaliation or religious entanglement.
To file a complaint regarding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), email Special Education Legal Specialist Elliot Field.
Child Nutrition Program Civil Rights complaints can be made on a separate web page.
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The Oregon Department of Education accepts complaints and appeals involving Division 22 standards, discrimination, restraint and seclusion, retaliation, religious entanglement and special education.
For some types of complaints, a parent or student may file the complaint directly with the Oregon Department of Education. These complaints include religious entanglement and special education. For other types of complaints, a parent or student must first file the complaint with the school district and complete the school district’s complaint process. The department accepts these complaints “on appeal.” These complaints include Division 22 standards, discrimination, restraint and seclusion, and retaliation. To learn more about the department’s processes for accepting complaints, you may contact Complaint and Appeals Coordinator Mark Mayer.
Oregon is known as a "local control state." In local control states, locally elected school boards regulate the public schools located within their school districts. The Oregon Department of Education does not have the authority to accept a complaint unless a federal or state law allows or requires the department to investigate and enforce the law. To learn more about the department’s ability to accept complaints, you may contact Complaint and Appeals Coordinator Mark Mayer.
Even if the Oregon Department of Education cannot accept your complaint, it can be a resource for you. The department has experts on everything ranging from in-district transfers to private schools. To reach the right expert, you may contact Elena Mandujano.
If a student attends a public charter school, a private alternative education program, or a private school, the law might apply to the student differently than it applies to a student attending a regular public school. To learn more about public charter schools, you may contact Charter School Specialist Kate Pattison. To learn more about private alternative education programs, you may contact Alternative Education Specialist Annie Marges. To learn more about private schools, you may contact Joni Gilles.
If a school district is deficient, the Oregon Department of Education will order the school district to correct the deficiency.
Under the law, the department cannot order a school district to pay damages or attorney fees. The department is limited to ordering school districts to receive training, implement procedures, develop written policies, or perform other functions that will ensure that the school district will not violate the law in the future.
If a school district does not correct a deficiency, the department may withhold a State School Fund payment or a portion of State School Fund payment from the district.
To learn more about what remedies are available to you, you may contact Complaint and Appeals Coordinator Mark Mayer.
Click here if you wish to file a complaint involving a Division 22 standard, discrimination, restraint and seclusion, retaliation, or religious entanglement, or you may contact Complaint and Appeals Coordinator Mark Mayer via email or call him at (503) 947-0464. If you wish to file a complaint under IDEA, please contact Special Education Legal Specialist Elliot Field.
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