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An impartial hearing is a formal proceeding in which disagreements between you and the school district are decided by an impartial hearing officer appointed by the Department of Education. A parent or school district may initiate a hearing on matters relating to the identification, evaluation or educational placement of a student with a disability, or the provision of a free appropriate public education to the child.For information as to a parent's rights about the Impartial Hearing Process as well as how to request an impartial hearing in NYC, please see the Procedural Safeguard's Notice which can be found at the following link: http://www.vesid.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/policy/PSGN109.doc
The submission of an impartial hearing request initiates the process timeline which begins with the Resolution Period.Other useful links for parents:NYSED Laws, Regulations and Educational Policy for Parents.NYCDOE Special Education Parents Resources.
Resolving Concerns About Your Child's Special Education Services.LV et al v NYC Department of Education.- Information on the hearing order settlement. Office of State Review Appeals Process.Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) Requests.Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).