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SEAC Function 6

Review Due Process Hearing Findings

SEAC is obligated to receive findings and decisions of all completed due process hearings related to special education by receiving summary information pertaining to all completed due process hearings.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, 2004)  ensures a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) to all children with disabilities. IDEA specifically codifies three critical rights for students with disabilities: identification, evaluation, and educational programming/service. To ensure compliance with the statute, numerous provisions are included that ensure procedural safeguards for students with disabilities. Procedural safeguards guarantee a complaint resolution system, mediation, and an impartial due process hearing as remedies for parent/guardian challenges of local education agency (LEA) decisions.

Redacted versions of court decisions are studied by SEAC members in order to better understand the special education legal decisions in Michigan. These written review of cases heard in court assist SEAC members in understanding existing administrative laws, binding precedent, and persuasive precedent hearing officers use to form their decisions.

Additional dispute resolution options and resources are available from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Office of Special Education (OSE).

Due process hearing decisions in Michigan are available through a due process database.