A Guide for Students and Families - When families and teachers disagree
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Washington State Public Education:
A Guide for Students and Families

When families and teachers disagree

If a family has a disagreement with a teacher that we can't resolve, we can ask to speak to the school principal. We should try to be pleasant and persuasive, and to keep an open mind so that we can find a solution we agree on. But, if we've done that and we're still not satisfied, we can keep going up – to the school superintendent, and, if necessary, to the elected school board that governs our school district.

If we need help working our way through a conflict, or we just don't feel we're getting anywhere, the Washington State Office of the Education Ombudsman can help. The toll-free number to call is (866) 297-2597. Ombudsmen help families and schools resolve conflicts so that children can learn.

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