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, 2008-2017

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

July 27, 2020

CA Senate Bill 98, Public Health Orders and Impact on Special Education

The 2020/2021 school year is about to begin and we’re writing to make you aware of several changes to California law that will impact your child’s educational program in the coming school year. On June 29, 2020, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 98 (“SB 98”) into law. With the new law, important changes were made […]

May 21, 2020

Public School Legal Obligations During the COVID-19 Closures

LINKS Distance Learning Tracker Secretary DeVos Report 34 C.F.R. § 300.503 California Senate Bill 117 In this guidance letter, we aim to keep our families informed of what to expect and how their child’s rights may be impacted during Distance Learning. In addition, we have included a Distance Learning Tracker (Excel workbook), that we hope […]

February 19, 2019

OAH 2018080938-2018080860

Student v. Irvine Unified School District, Irvine Unified School District v. Student – Split Decision

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