Resources for Education-Based Issues
U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, OCR, provides an online complaint form for those who feel their Civil Rights have been violated.
The U.S. Department of Education has released guides to assist the public in understanding how the Department interprets and enforces federal civil rights laws that are meant to protect the rights of students with disabilities. These resources include a parent and educator resource guide, a dear colleague letter, and a question/answer document on the use of restraint and seclusion in public schools.
The link below provides an explanation for how to file a citizen complaint with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). A citizen complaint is a written statement to OSPI that alleges a federal or state special education rules or laws have been violated.
OEO is an intake and services organization, which is part of the Governor’s Office, and operates independently from the public school system. The office can also provide information about the rights of students and parents, hold meetings to address concerns, and help parents navigate public school systems.
TeamChild is a nonprofit civil legal aid organization. The organization provides free legal advice and representations to youth between the ages of 12-18 who are from a low-income background and are at risk of becoming involved in the juvenile detention system.