CDE Proposes Changes to Due Process Procedures

Posted on February 16, 2011

The Colorado Department of Education has announced its proposed emergency Amendments to the Rules for the Administration of the Exceptional Children’s Educational Act regarding Colorado’s due process system.  If adopted by the Colorado Department of Education, the proposed amendments will eliminate the two-tier due process system that has been in existence in Colorado since the Act’s enactment.  The proposed amendments will also eliminate the use of Impartial Hearing Officers (IHO) to decide special education disputes.  Rather, CDE will contract with the Colorado Office of Administrative Courts to have Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) hear and decide the due process complaint.   The proposed Amendments are available online at http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdesped/index.asp  CDE has already scheduled regional hearings to discuss the proposed amendments and receive public comments. 

Regional hearings on the above documents will be held from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the following locations and dates:

April 5, 2011, Cherry Creek High School, Schilling Law Center, 9300 East Union Avenue, Greenwood Village, CO  80111

April 5, 2011, Greeley Public Schools, Northridge High School Lecture Hall, 100 North 71st Avenue, Greeley, CO  80634

April 6, 2011, Pueblo 60 School District Administration Building, Arapahoe Room, 315 West 11th Street, Pueblo, CO  81003

April 6, 2011, Grand Junction Public Schools, Basil Knight Center, Room A, 2523 F Road, Grand Junction, CO  81505

 April 6, 2011, Durango 9-R School District, Board Room, 201 E. 12th Street, Durango, CO  81301 

Written comments will be accepted until 5:00 pm on April 15, 2011.  Send written comments to Kim Hubbard, Colorado Department of Education, Exceptional Student Leadership Unit, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1175, Denver, CO  80202-5149, by fax to (303) 866-6767, or by email to hubbard_k@cde.state.co.us

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