I'm assuming that this applies to most school district's: I had thought that the highest person I could go to in the school district would be the director of Special Education (for a difficult child that's on an IEP), with the exception of course, of the superintendent's office. I recently learned that the school district has a compliance officer who does not take the same stance as everyone else. This lady, so far, has been very nice and helpful and has not tried to look for loopholes for the school district. I just thought I'd throw that out for others who might be "reaching" for help from the director of Special Education but getting the same CYA attitude. Maybe, call the school district central office and ask to speak with the compliance director.