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Part 2: Handling Disagreements on Placements of Kids with 504s

Options for resolving disputes regarding a kid on a 504 plan are different than they are for students on an IEP.  They're not as efficient and speedy as options for resolving disputes concerning students on an IEP.  If there is a dispute involving a student on a 504 plan, school districts must conduct an impartial hearing when parents disagree with their child's identification, evaluation or placement.  The details are left up to the discretion of the school district and hearing officer.  Parents often are unhappy with this option, so they may choose to file a complaint with OCR. This complaint may or may not be accepted by OCR, it will take several months for OCR to deal with it and OCR has limited enforcement mechanisms.  OCR will threaten to pull funding from a school district for violations, but this is extraordinarily unlikely.  
Still, OCR can help parents and districts mediate disputes.  Plus, the possibility of OCR consequences normally is enough to get districts to remedy their behavior in case OCR has determined that a district has engaged in a discriminatory fashion. What's particularly frightening for districts is if a parent files suit in federal court under 42 USC 1983 (simply known as "1983") and can prove discrimination against their 504-protected child.  If a parent wins such a suit, the damages could be substantial, and the district would have to pay the parents' attorney fees, which easily could get in the tens or even hundreds of thousands in a federal case.  

Part 1: Handling Disagreements on Placements of Kids with IEPs

With respect to students on an IEP who are being disciplined, sometimes disagreements will arise between the child's parents, who believe that the problem behavior is a manifestation of the student's disability or a school's failure to properly implement the IEP, and the rest of the IEP team, who believe this not to be the case.  If this happens, it is a serious problem, and the school district is going to have to make some very important decisions.  Things for the district can turn very messy very quickly - not to mention very expensive - if there is a determined parent, and the district must make a decision as to whether it wants to have this fight or wants to work out some kind of a compromise with the parent. 

Deal with School Bullying Early

Unfortunately, bullying at school is a problem that parents and students deal with far too often these days.  Parents whose children have been bullied at school are well-advised to deal with the problem as soon as it comes up.  Otherwise, it will not be seriously or adequately addressed.

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