Due Process Hearings
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When a due process hearing is requested, many requirements and rights are initiated. This can be stressful process-timelines must be met and attorneys are typically involved. Additionally, a resolution meeting must be offered within 15 days of a request being received by all parties. The following information is intended to help the reader understand this process better.
Model Request Form
The following form is one way to file an official due process hearing request with the state:
Options Prior to a Hearing
When a hearing is requested, a resolution meeting or a mediation are two ways to resolve a problem without having to go to a hearing. The following document helps clarify the resolution session and mediation options:
A resolution meeting must be held within 15 calendar days of the school district and AEA receiving notice of due process complaint, unless both parents and school waive that right. Here is a brochure that explains this meeting in more detail:
If the parents, school district, and AEA agree to hold a resolution meeting, this is the form that would need to be completed:
Tips for a Resolution Meeting
The following materials provide tips for conducting a resolution meeting and includes commonly asked questions:
The following attachment contains a section of the Iowa Administrative Rules of Special Education which explains due process hearings according to state law:
View due process decisions by clicking on the link above.