IDEA Complaint Decision 07-051

On June 25, 2007, the Department of Public Instruction received a complaint under state and federal special education law from XXXXX against the Whitewater School District. This is the department’s decision regarding that complaint. The issue is whether the district properly protected confidentiality of records and properly responded to a parent’s requests for access to records between January and June 2007.

The IDEA state complaint process is required under state and federal special education law serving students with disabilities. During the course of the investigation, the district informed Teresa Goodier, a consultant with the department, that the student who was the focus of the investigation was not a student with a disability under special education law nor in the process of being evaluated for a disability. The district also submitted written documentation to verify the student’s status. With this information, the department concludes its review of this complaint and is closing the complaint.

//signed CST 8/2/07
Carolyn Stanford Taylor
Assistant State Superintendent
Division for Learning Support: Equity and Advocacy

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