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§509.Model Forms

A.The LDE has developed model forms to assist parents and public agencies in filing a request for due process hearing in accordance with §§507.A and 508.A through C and to assist parents and other parties in filing a state complaint under §151 through 153. The forms may be found in the Louisiana's Educational Rights of Children with Disabilities and on the LDE website. The use of the model forms shall not be required.

B.Parents, public agencies, and other parties may use the appropriate model forms described in Paragraph A of this Section, or another form or other document, so long as the form or document that is used meets, as appropriate, the content requirements in §508.B for filing a request for due process hearing, or the requirements in §152.B for filing a state complaint.

AUTHORITY NOTE:Promulgated in accordance with R.S.17:1941 et seq.

HISTORICAL NOTE:Promulgated by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, LR 34:2072 (October 2008).

§510.Resolution Process

A.Resolution Meeting

1.Within 15 days of receiving notice of the parent's request for due process hearing, and prior to the initiation of a due process hearing under §511, the LEA shall convene a meeting with the parent and the relevant member or members of the IEP Team who have specific knowledge of the facts identified in the request for due process hearing that:
a.includes a representative of the public agency who has decision-making authority on behalf of that agency; and
b.may not include an attorney of the LEA unless the parent is accompanied by an attorney.
2.The purpose of the meeting is for the parent of the student to discuss his or her request for due process hearing, and the facts that form the basis of the request for due process hearing, so that the LEA has the opportunity to resolve the dispute that is the basis for the due process hearing request.
3.The meeting described in Paragraph A.1 and 2 of this Section need not be held if:
a.the parent and the LEA agree in writing to waive the meeting; or
b.the parent and the LEA agree to use the mediation process described in §506.
4.The parent and the LEA determine the relevant members of the IEP Team to attend the meeting.

B.Resolution Period

1.If the LEA has not resolved the issues contained in the request for due process hearing to the satisfaction of the parents within 30 days of the receipt of the written request for due process hearing, the due process hearing may occur.
2.Except as provided in Subsection C, the timeline for issuing a final decision under §515 begins at the expiration of this 30-day period.
3.Except where the parties have jointly agreed to waive the resolution process or to use mediation, notwithstanding Paragraphs B.1 and 2 of this Section, the failure of a parent filing a due process request to participate in the resolution meeting shall delay the timelines for the resolution process and due process hearing until the meeting is held.
4.If the LEA is unable to obtain the participation of the parent in the resolution meeting after reasonable efforts have been made (and documented using the procedures in §322.D), the LEA may, at the conclusion of the 30-day period, request that a hearing officer dismiss the parent’s request for due process hearing.
5.If the LEA fails to hold the resolution meeting specified in Subsection A of this Section within 15 days of receiving notice of a parent’s request for due process hearing or fails to participate in the resolution meeting, the parent may seek the intervention of a hearing officer to begin the due process hearing timeline.

C.Adjustments to 30-Day Resolution Period. The 45-day timeline for the due process hearing in §515.A starts the day after one of the following events:

1.both parties agree in writing to waive the resolution meeting;
2.after either the mediation or resolution meeting starts but before the end of the 30-day resolution period, the parties agree in writing that no agreement is possible;
3.if both parties agree in writing to continue the mediation at the end of the 30-day resolution period, but later, the parent or public agency withdraws from the mediation process.

D.Written Settlement Agreement. If a resolution to the dispute is reached at the meeting described in Paragraphs A.1 and 2 of this Section, the parties shall execute a legally binding agreement that is:

1.signed by both the parent and a representative of the agency who has the authority to bind the agency; and
2.enforceable in any state court of competent jurisdiction or in a district court of the United States, or, by the LDE, through the state complaint procedures pursuant to §537.

E.Agreement Review Period. If the parties execute an agreement pursuant to Subsection C of this Section, a party may void the agreement within three business days of the agreement's execution.

AUTHORITY NOTE:Promulgated in accordance with R.S.17:1941 et seq.

HISTORICAL NOTE:Promulgated by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, LR 34:2072 (October 2008).

§511.Impartial Due Process Hearing and Hearing Officer Appointments

A.General. Whenever a request for due process hearing is received under §507 or §532.C, the parents or the LEA involved in the dispute shall have an opportunity for an impartial due process hearing, consistent with the procedures in §§507, 508, and 510.

B.Agency Responsible for Conducting the Due Process Hearing. The due process hearing described in paragraph A of this section shall be conducted by the LDE.

C.Impartial Hearing Officer. The LDE shall appoint hearing officers, who:

1.meet the minimum qualifications stipulated below:
a.shall have earned a juris doctorate degree;
b.shall possess knowledge of, and the ability to understand, the provisions of the IDEA, Federal and State regulations pertaining to the IDEA, and legal interpretations of the IDEA by Federal and State courts;
c.shall possess the knowledge and ability to conduct hearings in accordance with appropriate, standard legal practice;

Louisiana Register   Vol. 34, No. 10   October 20, 2008

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