California Special Education Law Wiki
Our Wiki is now and probably always will be a work in progress. There's nearly an infinite number of legal resources we would like to add. Our goal is to help parents of special needs children, as well as special education attorneys and advocates, to more easily access, understand and make sense of California special education administrative hearing decisions and related legalese in an intuitive interface with enhanced search capabilities.
We hope you'll become a member and help us with your insight, suggestions and comments to expand the wiki. Currently our database includes hearing decisions from late 2006 through the present (each week new decisions are added). As time permits, we'll be adding the remaining 2005-2006 decisions to complete the OAH hearing decision database.
- 2012 OAH Decision Statistics
- 2011 OAH Decision Statistics
- 2010 OAH Decision Statistics
- 2009 OAH Decision Statistics
Be sure to check out our Index which is intended to make it easier to find specific concepts or issues referenced in the hearing decisions. At minimum, all decisions are tagged with the local educational agency (LEA), administrative law judge and the decision rendered. If you would like to make tag suggestions (in general or for specific decisions), please contact us.
We are also seeking the following information to add to the database:
- District or federal court decisions overturning or upholding OAH decisions
To get started on accessing the wiki, there are currently four options:
- Click on a category in the left column
- Enter your keyword into Live Search in the left margin
- Use Custom Search for multiple variables
- Browse the Tag Index
Still have questions? Please see our FAQ.
A total of 94 special education disputes were heard by California’s Office of Administrative Hearings in 2012. The following tables show the outcomes of those hearings sorted by: Prevailing Party, Administrative Law Judges by Prevailing Party and Prevailing Party by Student’s Representation.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- Why is this a Wiki?
Because we want your help in adding to this knowledge base. You can log in to leave comments on the hearing decisions and other documents. You can also contact us to suggest tags for the documents which will help other users more easily find specific concepts and issues within the decisions.
- What is OAH?
The California Office of Administrative Hearings. OAH provides adjudicatory, mediation and settlement services throughout the state to school districts and parents of these special needs children. It conducts special education due process hearings.
Go to www.oah.dgs.ca.gov/Special+Education/default.htm for complete information.