Dispute Resolution

As a parent, you are a very important participant in your child’s special education program. By contributing what you know about your child and involvement in the decision-making process, you will make an important contribution to your child’s education.

The decisions you make should be based on knowledge and understanding of your rights and responsibilities. If problems and misunderstandings do arise, however, there are several ways to address them.

First, you may want to talk with the school personnel directly involved with the problem and discuss your concerns. It is suggested you contact the person in charge of special education, the administration of the local public school district or the public education agency where your child attends school. If the problem is not resolved at the local level, you may request a mediation meeting, file a formal complaint, and/or request a due process hearing.

Each of these options has a specific purpose for helping you with your concerns, so it is important that you choose the best option for you. Listed below is information regarding dispute resolution.

CADRE IDEA Dispute Resolution Parent Guides (Spanish Available)
Q&A - Complaints
Q&A - Mediations
IEP Facilitation Brochure
Request for IEP Facilitation
Mediation Request Sample State Complaint
Due Process - District Due Process - Parent
Resolution Session Tracking
Data Tables
Federal Dispute Resolution Data Tables
State Complaint Logs:
2017-2018 2016-2017
2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13

Administrative Rules of South Dakota pertaining to State Complaints
State Complaint Regulations: 24:05:15

Due Process Hearing Logs
2016-17 2015-16
2014-15 2013-14
2012-13 2011-12

Administrative Rules of South Dakota pertaining to Due Process
Due Process Hearing Complaints Regulations: 24:05:30

Administrative Rules of South Dakota pertaining to Mediation
Mediation Regulations: 24:05:30:09 to 24:05:30:09.03

Useful Links:

Disability Rights South Dakota
South Dakota Parent Connection


If you have questions, contact Special Education Programs office at the South Dakota Department of Education at 605-773-3678.