Sample Advocacy Letters

Sample Letter Requesting a Due Process Hearing

Your Street Address
City, State, Zip Code
Date

Name of Person You Identified
Title
Name of Organization
Street Address
City, State, Zip Code

Dear Ms./Mr. (Name of person identified):

I am requesting a due process hearing to resolve a dispute with (Name of your town) school system. My child, (Child's name), is in (Grade level/special education classroom) at (School name). He was born on (Date of birth).

I have met with (Names of school personnel) in an effort to resolve our differences with my child's (IEP, placement, testing, or whatever) and have been unable to do so.

Please advise me as soon as possible as to the date and time of this hearing so that I can make the necessary arrangements with work (or childcare) and with those people we wish to include in the hearing. My daytime telephone number is (000) 000-0000.

I also request that this hearing be open/closed to persons other than those directly involved. (Name of child) will/will not attend the hearing.

I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible. Thank you for your help in this matter.

Sincerely,
(Your signature)

(Your name)

cc: (Name), Director of Special Education
(Name of your attorney/advocate)

Sample Letter Provided by Family Resource Network, Inc.