(1) Special education due process cases shall be heard by administrative law judges employed by the secretary of state. Administrative law judges shall have jurisdiction to hear complaints arising under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1400, et seq., as from time to time amended, and Rules of the State Board of Education. The administrative office of the courts shall provide legal training in special education law to the administrative law judges assigned to hear special education due process cases sufficient to comport with the requirements of 20 U.S.C. § 1415, as from time to time amended.

(2) When a hearing is requested, the director of schools shall immediately contact the Division of Special Education.

(3) The LEA shall be responsible for providing an appropriate meeting place, a stenographic record of the hearing and a typed transcript of the hearing proceedings, and shall bear the administrative costs of the hearing, with the exception of the services of the hearing officer.

(4) Expenses for the services of a court reporter, the original copy of the transcript for the hearing officer and one copy for the parents will be reimbursed upon submission of appropriate documentation to the Division of Special Education.

(Original rule filed November 30, 2007; effective February 13, 2008. Emergency rules filed June 29, 2017; effective through December 26, 2017. Amendments filed August 11, 2017; effective November 9, 2017.)

Authority: T.C.A. §§ 49-10-101 and 49-10-701.

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