Michigan Department of Education Seeks Public Comment on Special Education State Complaint Procedures and Model Forms

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) seeks public comment on the document, Special Education State Complaints: Procedures and Model Forms.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), under 34 CFR §300.151, requires the MDE to adopt written procedures for resolving any complaint filed in accordance with 34 CFR §300.153.

The Special Education Problem Solving Process, adopted in April 2013, and most recently updated in October 2018, includes MDE's written state complaint procedures as well as other dispute resolution information. To provide clarity for all stakeholders, the Problem Solving Process will be replaced by two documents.

The Special Education State Complaints: Procedures and Model Forms document will provide details specific to state complaint requirements and the filing process. The Dispute Resolution Options document will provide a general overview of options available for resolving concerns related to special education.

As required by 34 CFR §300.165(a), the document Special Education State Complaints: Procedures and Model Forms document is presented for public comment.

Written comments about the draft document must be received by the MDE no later than April 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. The MDE Office of Special Education (OSE) will review and consider all timely written comments. Written comments may be submitted in the following ways:

  • Online public written comment
  • By email to MDE-OSE-Public-Comment@michigan.gov (include Public Comment - State Complaint Procedures in the subject line)
  • By mail:
    • Public Comment - State Complaint Procedures
      Michigan Department of Education
      Office of Special Education
      608 West Allegan
      P.O. Box 30008
      ​Lansing, MI 48909

For questions about the draft State Complaint Procedures or other special education issues, contact the Office of Special Education Information Line at 1-888-320-8484 or mde-ose@michigan.gov.