Dispute Resolution: State Administrative Complaint System

The State Administrative Complaint System falls under the State’s general supervisory authority and is a process through which members of the community can alert the state education agency (SEA) of potential noncompliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in the public schools.  The SEA is only authorized to investigate those allegations pertinent to special education procedure as referenced in the IDEA, its implementing regulations, the Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.), and Title 7 of the Arizona Administrative Code (A.A.C.).

The SEA does not have the authority to investigate:

  • matters involving Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • civil rights violations
  • allegations of abuse/neglect
  • allegations involving immoral or unprofessional conduct by certified individuals
  • issues that have already been resolved in a Due Process hearing or issues currently the subject of a Due Process hearing

State Administrative Complaint Procedures

State Administrative Complaint Forms

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