Publications and Resources for Families

All of OEO's Resources in One Place

OEO creates guides and toolkits that help families, schools, and community groups understand how our school system works and what to do when certain issues arise.  The first set of materials below are our basic documents but after the three guides, you will find information about specific topics, such as attendance, bullying, and highly capable programs.  Finally, at the bottom of the page, you will find links to our promotional videos.  Please spread the word.

The Basics: What Every Parent Needs to Know

A series of three handbooks for parents and caregivers with children in elementary and secondary public schools in Washington state.

How to be an Education Advocate
How to be an Education Advocate in English /

Como Abogar por la Educación de sus Hijos en español

Discipline in Public Schools
Discipline in Public Schools in English (Updated Jan. 2020) / 

Disciplina Estudiantil en Escuelas Públicas K-12 del Estado de Washington en español  (Revisado en 2020)

Protecting the Educational Rights of Students with Disabilities in Public Schools
Protecting the Educational Rights of Students with Disabilities in Public Schools(Updated July 2012) in English / 

Protección de los Derechos Educativos de los Estudiantes con Discapacidad en Escuelas Públicas en español

These three manuals are copyrighted to Team Child and the Office of the Education Ombuds, and all rights are thereby reserved. Permission is granted to download and duplicate the manuals for individual and non-commercial use. However, their content may not be otherwise used without expressed permission of both parties.

Specific Topics

Use these short toolkits to get information on topics frequently brought to our office.

Policy Recommendations and Reports on Our Work

OEO is required by law to make annual policy recommendations to the Governor, Legislature, and State Board of Education for improvements in the state's K-12 education system that will reduce the opportunity gap. Our recommendations are based on data we collect and the trends that emerge from it, as well as our conversations with families, educators, students, and community stakeholders.

OEO Promotional Materials