Office of Legal Services, Special Education Due Process Hearing Program
The TEA Office of Legal Services oversees the Special Education Due Process Hearing program. You can find information about the special education due process hearing program on this page.
Due Process Hearing Decisions
TEA provides due process hearing decisions online from January 2010 until present.
Special Education Hearing Officers
TEA provides a list of current special education hearing officers and their qualifications.
Special Education Dispute Resolution Frequently Asked Questions
TEA designed the Special Education Dispute Resolution Handbook to assist parents, school officials, and other interested parties with understanding TEA's special education dispute resolution system. The handbook contains information about the due process hearings program including FAQs. It is not intended to be legal advice. If you need legal advice about a special education matter you should contact a private attorney. TEA cannot provide legal advice. The Special Education Dispute Resolution Handbook is also available in Spanish.
Special Education Dispute Resolution Comparison of Services
TEA created a quick-reference document that provides parents and school districts with an overview of the options available for resolving disputes arising under federal and state special education law. It is not intended to interpret, modify, or replace any procedural safeguards provided by, or requirements of, federal or state law. The Special Education Dispute Resolution Comparison of Services Chart is also available in Spanish.
The National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) provides helpful information on resolution meetings. The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services' letter to TEA responds to TEA's inquiry about whether a state educational agency may dismiss claims raised in a state special education complaint that were released in a previous resolution session or mediation settlement agreement.
Due Process Hearing Questionnaire
TEA hearing officers provide a due process hearing questionnaire to parties with the final order in a due process hearing.
Due Process Hearing Request Form
TEA designed a model Due Process Hearing Request Form. You are not required to use the model form, but TEA encourages its use. The form is also available in Spanish. The hearing request must be mailed, hand-delivered, or faxed to TEA. A copy of the request must also be sent to the school district.