Citizen Complaints - Federal Programs

Title I, Part A is a federal program designed “To provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps.” Title I, Part A can support Early Learning and Kindergarten through Grade 12. Title I, Part A programs and services provide customized instruction and curricula that help students meet academic standards and take an active, engaged interest in what they learn and can do. As the oldest and largest federal education program, Title I, Part A programs create an equity of opportunity for children whose struggles often keep them on the academic sidelines. One-third of the public schools in Washington State operate Title I, Part A programs, providing academic services to over 350,000 students annually. In the Olympia School District, the following elementary schools receive Title I, Part A funds: Garfield, Hansen, Roosevelt, Madison, and LP Brown. If you would like to file a complaint concerning how the Olympia School District uses Title I, Part A funds, please review the information below.

File a Citizen Complaint Against a School District, Educational Service District (ESD) or Other School Service Provider (Subgrantee)

This printable handouts below outline the 5-step process through which a citizen can file a complaint against a school district or other school service provider. 



Complaints Related to Federal Programs

A citizen complaint is a written statement that alleges a violation of a federal rule, law or regulation or state regulation that applies to a federal program.

  • Anyone can file a citizen complaint.

  • There is no special form.

  • There is no need to know the law that governs a federal program to file a complaint.