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Request a Due Process Hearing

A special education due process hearing provides the opportunity for both the parents and the public educational agency to present their point of view on the issue(s) of disagreement through witnesses and documents to a trained, independent and impartial hearing officer. The hearing officers are not employees of the District’s public education system. After the hearing is held, the hearing officer will make a final decision on the issues of disagreement and provide it to the parent and public educational agency. A due process hearing decision can be appealed to court.

IDEA requires that specific procedure be followed by both parties when requesting a due process hearing and there are specific timelines and rules for the parent, the public educational agency, and the hearing officer to follow. Due to the formality of this process and the legal nature of the proceedings, parents often have an attorney represent them, but may represent themselves.

Due Process Complaint Form [English]

Practice Documents and Other Filing Forms:

To File a Due Process Complaint

Parents/Representatives initiating a complaint against OSSE MUST file a due process complaint with the Office of Dispute Resolution and OSSE’s Office of General Counsel by fax. Contact information for both offices is below:

Office of Dispute Resolution
Office of the State Superintendent of Education
Address: 810 First St. NE, Second Floor, Washington, DC 20002
Fax: (202) 478-2956
Phone: (202) 698-3819
TTY: 711
Email: [email protected]
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

OSSE Office of the General Counsel
Office of the State Superintendent of Education
Address: 810 First St. NE, Ninth Floor, Washington, DC 20002
Fax: (202) 299-2134
Phone: (202) 724-7756
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.