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The Oregon Department of Education is required by the Oregon Administrative Rules to investigate alleged violations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The dispute resolution options detailed on this page are open only to parties seeking to resolve disputes arising under the IDEA. If you are seeking information about dispute resolution options for disputes arising under 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, please consult our Civil Rights webpage.


Comparison of Major Dispute Resolution Options in IDEA PDF Document
A chart comparing mediation, complaints, and due process Comprehensive Dispute Resolution Guidance
Guía Comprensiva de Resolucíon de Disputas
Oregon Department of Education documents in English and Spanish

Dispute Resolution Resources
Links to non-ODE websites concerning Special Education dispute resolution

Mediation is the process of solving problems about a child’s special education evaluation, program, or placement. A mediator helps parents and educators develop solutions to the dispute.

A complaint is a written, signed statement alleging that a school district or other educational agency has violated federal special education law.

Due Process
A due process hearing is a formal hearing resulting in a legal order. It may be requested if parties disagree with the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or other issues relating to a child’s education.


Procedural Safeguards

Dispute Resolution Committee
A special education stakeholder group designed to oversee the dispute resolution process.

Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) for the Oregon Department of Education can be found on the Secretary of State website at: http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/pages/rules/oars_500/oar_581/581_tofc.html

  • Mike Franklin Email    (503) 947-5689
    IDEA Compliance & District Resources - Legal Specialist
  • Rae Ann Ray Email    (503) 947-5722
    IDEA Compliance & District Resources - General Supervision Specialist

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Oregon Department of Education
Voice: 503-947-5600
Fax: 503-378-5156
255 Capitol Street NE
Salem, OR 97310-0203

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