California Special Education Law

Advocacy Resources, Hearing & Appeal Decisions, Statistics and More for Parents

California Special Education Attorneys and  Lawyers

Welcome! We hope this resource will help you to more easily find special education due process hearing decisions, orders, case law, sample letters for parents and other documents relating to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004), the California Education Code and California's Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH).

California Special Education Law Wiki

Orange County special education lawyerOur 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.

Currently our database includes hearing decisions from late 2006 through the present (each week new decisions are added).

Due Process Hearing Decision Statistics

The following links show statistics from due process hearing outcomes sorted by prevailing party, administrative law judges and student's representation.

By Prevailing Party and Administrative Law Judges

By year:

NEW: Decision Outcomes Sorted by Administrative Law Judge, 2008-2015

Be sure to check out our Topics & Issues 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.

We are also seeking the following information to add to the database:

  • Sanctions
  • District or federal court decisions overturning or upholding OAH decisions

To get started on accessing the wiki, there are currently four options:

Recent Due Process Hearing Decisions

April 15, 2017

2016 Hearing Decision Statistics

A total of 97 special education disputes were heard by California’s Office of Administrative Hearings in 2016. 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.

November 10, 2016

OAH 2016061182

Student v. Los Angeles Unified School District – Student Prevailed

October 31, 2016

OAH 2016060115

Los Angeles Unified School District v. Student – District Prevailed

September 26, 2016

OAH 2016050852

Los Angeles Unified School District v. Student – District Prevailed

September 26, 2016

OAH 2016060769

Vista Unified School District v. Student – District Prevailed

September 19, 2016

OAH 2016060536

Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District v. Student – District Prevailed

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