The Office of Dispute Resolution is pleased to announce the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s exit of the Blackman portion of the Blackman/Jones Consent Decree!
Please take a moment to read the official Public Service Announcement released by the Office of the Mayor on July 6, 2011: Special Education Consent Decree Release
Resolution Meeting, Due Process Hearing, and Final Decision Procedure
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 , 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.