The Office for Civil Rights is part of the US Department of Education. Their mission is to enforce federal statutes that prohibit discrimination in public education. Anyone who believes that a public educational institution has discriminated against someone on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age may file a complaint with OCR.
The Special Education Ombudsman (SEO) is located in the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). The Ombudsman provides support and information to help parents, guardians, educators, and students with disabilities understand state and federal laws, rules, and regulations, and to access training and support, technical information, and mediation services.