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IEP teams are responsible for making many significant decisions related to the education of students experiencing disability. In most cases, these teams are able to successfully come to consensus on an Individualized Education Program (IEP) that enables the student to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE).
However, there are times when teams cannot reach consensus and disputes arise. ODE encourages parents and educators to work together to resolve concerns related to a student's special education program, but understands there are times when additional support is needed. ODE offers multiple options to help parents and school districts navigate disagreements related to special education. ODE also has specialists assigned to each school district who are available to help you understand your rights and these processes if you need help navigating your options.
Do you have questions about special education? This document is available in the following languages:
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firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 503-947-5600. Make sure to include your child’s school district to help us connect you with a staff member who can help. You can also
submit a request for help from ODE here.
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