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General Hearing Information
How do I request a hearing?
Most Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) hearings are started by sending a letter to OSPI. The letter should include:
The letter should be mailed to:
Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
Administrative Resource Services
PO Box 47200
Olympia, WA 98504-7200
Fax Number: (360) 753-4201
Telephone Number: (360) 725-6133
Special Education Cases – These cases are started by sending a hearing request. The request must have certain additional information. See OSPI’s website for instructions.
Nonresident Student Transfer Cases
When OSPI receives a request for hearing, it sends the request to the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH). OAH will assign a judge.
A hearing is when you get to present your case to the judge. The hearing will be either by phone or in-person. OAH will mail you a Scheduling Notice. It will tell you how to participate.
During the hearing you will tell your side of the case. You may have witnesses talk. The judge will discuss any documents you or the other party provides.
If you asked for the hearing, you must participate in the hearing. Otherwise, your case may be cancelled (dismissed).
OAH holds hearings in these areas:
Special Education Hearings
These hearings are under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Hearings may be requested by:
Hearings issues can include:
Non-resident Student Transfer Hearings
A parent may ask for a hearing if:
Professional Certification Hearings
These hearings are about state educational certificates. These hearings may be requested by:
A person may ask for a hearing if:
Child and Adult Care Food Programs Hearings
These programs provide free and reduced price meals at schools, child care facilities, and adult care facilities.
A hearing may be requested if:
Equal Educational Opportunity Hearings
These hearings are about discrimination in public schools. A complaint may be made with OSPI. If a person is not satisfied with the action OSPI takes, they may request a hearing.
Boundary Dispute Hearings
These hearings are about changes to a school district’s boundaries. These hearings may be requested by:
A party may request a hearing if they disagree with the regional committee’s decision.
Traffic Safety Education Hearings
These hearings are about driver education programs. These hearings may be requested by organizations:
An organization may ask for a hearing if:
Audit Resolution Hearings
OSPI audits organizations to make sure that funds are properly spent. If OSPI decides that funds were not properly spent, they will attempt to recover the funds.
An organization may ask for a hearing if it disagrees with OSPI’s decision.
School Bus Driver Authorization Hearings
These hearings are about authorization to drive a school bus. These hearings may be requested by:
A person may ask for a hearing if:
The hearing process may take several weeks to several months. The first thing you will receive is a Scheduling Notice in the mail. The notice will tell you the time and date of your telephone prehearing conference. It will have instructions how to call for the prehearing conference.
Sample Scheduling Notice
During the prehearing conference you will learn about other events that may take place before the hearing. The judge will talk with everyone about when they are available. The judge will schedule the hearing. If your hearing is already scheduled, the judge may reschedule it.
If you or any of your witnesses have a disability and require an accommodation to participate, contact OAH as soon as possible. You will need to tell OAH about how the disability effects the ability to participate and describe how we can help by accommodating the need so you can access our facilities and services.
Click here to request an accommodation or call OAH at 360-407-2700 or 800-583-8271.
If you want an interpreter for yourself or your witness, click here or call OAH as soon as possible. You may call (360) 407-2700 or (800) 583-8271. The state will pay for the interpreter. Family members and friends cannot be your interpreter at the hearing.
For a free oral translation of OAH documents, call (360) 407-2700 or (800) 583-8271.
You have the right to a lawyer at any point in the hearing process. The state will not pay for your lawyer. Many people represent themselves.
For Special Education Hearings: You may bring another person with you who is not a lawyer. That person may advise you during the hearing process. That person must have knowledge or training about children and special education.
Click here to see free legal resources.
Click here to see the legal assistance list for special education hearings
If your phone number or address changes, call OAH as soon as possible at (360) 407-2700 or (800) 583-8271. You should also tell the other party.
If you have any further questions, please call (360) 407-2700 or (800) 583-8271.