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ODR Special Education Legal and Regulatory Information

Section E-3030 of Title 5 of the DC Municipal Regulations (DCMR) sets forth the procedures regarding special education resolution meetings and due process hearings and decisions following the filing of an administrative due process complaint in the District of Columbia , as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, approved November 29, 1975 (P.L. 94-142; 89 Stat. 773; 20 U.S.C. §1400 et seq.) (IDEA).

Under the IDEA, a local education agency (LEA) or a parent may file a due process complaint on any matter relating to the identification, evaluation, or educational placement of a child with a disability or relating to the provision of a free and appropriate public education to the child.

The IDEA mandates that the parties convene a resolution meeting to resolve the complaint, unless waived by the parties or the parties engage in mediation. The IDEA also requires a timeline for an administrative hearing if the complaint is not otherwise resolved.

Legal Resource Dated
US Department of Education, Office of Special Education, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B Nov. 29, 1975
US Department of Education, Office of Special Education, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part C Dec. 3, 2004
District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR) Sept. 13, 2017
Office of Dispute Resolution Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Dec. 1, 2018
Parent’s Guide for Special Education Due Process Hearings  
Redaction Policy  
Special Education Community Review Panel March 10, 2015
Ethics Wall and Counsel to the Office of Dispute Resolution June 8, 2018