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11. Specify a timeline for bringing a civil action.

The party bringing the action shall have 90 days from the date of the decision of the hearing officer or, if applicable, the decision of the State review official, to file a civil action, or, if the State has an explicit time limitation for bringing civil actions under Part B of the Act, in the time allowed by that State law.
[34 CFR 300.516(b)] [20 U.S.C. 1415(i)(2)(B)]

Dialogue Starter - Cross-stakeholder

Reaction Questions

  1. In your opinion, why is it important that hearing officers have specific guidelines for determination of procedural violations with regard to FAPE?

Application Questions

  1. Do you know the level of awareness within your district regarding hearing officer guidelines on determining FAPE? How can you support understanding of this provision and the role of the hearing officer?

    These questions were developed by the following stakeholders working together:

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