If you have a child with disabilities and you believe that he or she has not been provided a free and appropriate public education or reasonable accommodations, you can request a hearing. At a hearing, an impartial hearing officer listens to both sides of the disagreement and decides:
- What, if anything, went wrong.
- How to fix it.
Hearing officers are New York State-licensed attorneys who have a sworn duty to be fair and to decide on the basis of facts. At a hearing, you will need to document the facts of your case--that means it's a good idea to keep track of all your meetings, emails, letters, and phone calls with teachers, administrators, and other NYC Department of Education (NYCDOE) officials.
To Request an Impartial Hearing
You can request a hearing in writing by mailing a letter that includes:
- Your child's full name and the address where he or she lives
- His or her Student ID number
- His or her birth date
- The name of his or her school
- Your name and contact information, including email
- Your description of the problem, with as many facts as you know.
- The solution you want the NYCDOE to provide.
Make two copies of your letter. Send the original to:
Impartial Hearing Office
131 Livingston Street, Room 201
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Fax #: (718) 391-6181
Send one copy to:
New York State Education Department,
P-12Office of Special Education
89 Washington Avenue – Room 309 EB
Albany, NY 12234
Please keep one copy for your own records.
The following form may help you write your request, but it is not required:
Due Process Hearing Request form
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For additional information, please visit the New York State Education Department's publications page.