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State Educational Agencies

IDEA shifts responsibility for ensuring that educational programs are in compliance with the provisions of IDEA to state education agencies. These agencies are required to promulgate a complaint procedure that provides the following services:

  • Receive and resolve complaints against state or local education agencies
  • Review appeals from decisions regarding a local education agency complaint
  • Conduct independent on-site investigations
  • Set forth a 60-day time limit to investigate and resolve complaints
  • Allow time extensions only in exceptional circumstances
  • Review relevant information and issue written decisions
  • Provide an enforcement mechanism

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