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. 

NOTICE:

Due to the evolving situation related to the COVID 19 pandemic, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has implemented a mandatory telework policy for agency employees beginning Tuesday, March 17.  During this time, TEA will not be receiving visitors and, as a result, will not be able to accept hand delivery of special education due process hearing requests. In addition, while requests may still be filed by mail, disruptions in the delivery of agency mail may occur due to possible closures in the mail room and distribution center. TEA, instead, recommends that parties consider using other available filing methods.

TEA will continue to accept requests filed by fax and will now also accept requests filed by email.  Filing in one of these two ways will promote the timely receipt of your request by appropriate staff.  Anyone wishing to file by fax must submit the due process hearing request to the following fax number:  512-463-6027.

If filing by email, TEA recommends that you complete the Due Process Hearing Request Form found on its website and include it as an attachment to your email.  While you are not required to use the model form, TEA strongly encourages its use.  The model form can be found here and may help to ensure that all requirements related to requests for a special education due process hearing are met.  For more information on this process and related requirements, please see https://tea.texas.gov/academics/special-student-populations/special-education/dispute-resolution/special-education-dispute-resolution-processes.

A request filed by email must be sent to the following address:   SE-Legal@tea.texas.gov.   Any due process hearing requests sent to another agency email address will not be considered received and will prevent or delay assignment of the matter to a hearing officer.  The purpose of this email filing requirement is to prevent requests from being overlooked or lost.  

Please note that TEA will continue to accept requests filed by email while the agency's teleworking policy is in place or until further notice by the agency.

Questions regarding this notice should be directed to SE-Legal@tea.texas.gov

 

 

 

AVISO:

Debido a la situación cambiante relacionada con la pandemia de COVID 19, la Agencia de Educación de Texas (TEA, por sus siglas en inglés) ha implementado una política de teletrabajo obligatoria para los empleados de la agencia a partir del martes 17 de marzo.  Durante este tiempo, la TEA no recibirá visitantes y  por consiguiente, no podrá aceptar la entrega en mano de solicitudes de audiencia de debido proceso de educación especial. Además, si bien las solicitudes aún pueden presentarse por correo, pueden ocurrir interrupciones en la entrega del correo de la agencia debido a posibles cierres en la oficina de correo y el centro de distribución. Sin embargo, la TEA recomienda que las partes consideren utilizar otros métodos disponibles de presentación.

La TEA continuará aceptando solicitudes presentadas por fax y ahora también aceptará la presentación de estos documentos por correo electrónico.  La TEA aceptará las presentaciones por correo electrónico de las solicitudes de debido proceso mientras la política de teletrabajo de la agencia esté vigente o hasta que la agencia lo notifique nuevamente. La TEA recomienda encarecidamente enviar solicitudes de una de estas dos formas para garantizar la recepción oportuna por parte del personal apropiado.

Cualquier persona que desee presentar una solicitud por fax debe enviar la solicitud de audiencia de debido proceso al siguiente número de fax:  512-463-6027.

Para presentar una solicitud por correo electrónico, la solicitud debe enviarse a la siguiente dirección de correo electrónico:

 SE-Legal@tea.texas.gov.   Tenga en cuenta que cualquier solicitud de audiencia de debido proceso enviada a la dirección de correo electrónico de otra agencia no se considerará recibida y evitará o retrasará la asignación del asunto a un oficial de audiencia.  La finalidad de este requisito de presentación por correo electrónico es para evitar que se pasen por alto o se pierdan las solicitudes.

Asimismo, tenga en cuenta que todos los requisitos relacionados con las solicitudes de una audiencia de debido proceso de educación especial aún deben cumplirse.  Para obtener información sobre estos requisitos, consulte https://tea.texas.gov/academics/special-student-populations/special-education/dispute-resolution/special-education-dispute-resolution-processes.

Las preguntas relacionadas con este aviso deben dirigirse a SE-Legal@tea.texas.gov

 

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.  

Resolution Meetings

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.

If you have a question about the due process hearing program contact Brittney Salaiz at Brittney.Salaiz@tea.texas.gov