Missouri Advocates For Families Affected by Autism

We are a citizens action group advocating and lobbying for families that have a child with special needs. We believe that EVERY child has a right to a FREE and APPROPRIATE EDUCATION and should NEVER BE LEFT BEHIND.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

SB 595 Pass Through Committee

SB 595 Modifies eligibility requirements for members serving on a special education due process panel

Sponsor: Kraus

LR Number: 4939S.01I Fiscal Note available

Committee: Education

Last Action: 3/7/2012 - SCS Voted Do Pass S Education Committee - (4939S.05C) Journal Page:

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Effective Date: August 28, 2012

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SCS/SB 595 – This act transfers the administration of special education due process hearings from the State Board of Education to the Administrative Hearing Commission. This act prohibits commissioners who conduct due process hearings from having previously worked for a school district, an organization engaged in special education parent and student advocacy, the State Board of Education, or the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, either as an employee or as an independent contractor or consultant, within the last five years. A commissioner also cannot have performed work as s special education advocate within the last five years or been a party to a special education proceeding as a parent or child. The Administrative Hearing Commission cannot grant summary judgment with a special education due process hearing. The Administrative Hearing Commission must conform to all practices, procedures, filing deadlines, and response times of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act when conducting due process hearings.

At least three of the commissioners must be trained in special education law, who will be the only commissioners to hear special education matters. The initial training must be selected by the Administrative Hearing Commission in consultation with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the IDEA-funded parent training and information center, as described in the act. Each commissioner assigned to special education matters must complete at least five additional hours of training each year. In addition, training sessions must be recorded and posted on the Administrative Hearing Commission's website, as described in the act.

When a commissioner renders a final decision, it cannot be amended or modified.


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