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VT IDEA and 504 Due Process Hearing Officer Request Date: 4/10/2014 1:06:02 PM
Open Date: 4/10/2014
Closing Date: 5/16/2014 4:30 PM
Intent To Bid Deadline: 
Est. Dollar Value: $0.00
RFQ Number: 1402
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Agency of Education

219 North Main Street
Suite 402
BarreVT 05641

Bid Type:
Request for Proposal

Consultant Services

Bid Description:
The Vermont Agency of Education seeks proposals from Vermont-licensed attorneys to serve in the role of a single Contract Hearing Officer to conduct due process hearings under the Federal special education legislation, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Vermont Agency of Education is required by both state and federal law to provide impartial due process hearings regarding the identification, evaluation, placement of students with disabilities in the special education programs or the provision of a free appropriate public education according to 16 V.S.A. §2947 and 20 U.S.C. §1415(f), 34 C.F.R. Section 300.508 and 42 U.S.C. §794, 34 C.F.R. §104.36. The special education regulations can be found on the Agency’s website at: To be considered, attorneys must meet the qualifications under State Board of Education Special Education Rule 2365.1.7. The rule states that hearing officers shall be licensed attorneys who have the knowledge of, and ability to understand, the provisions of the IDEIA, federal and state regulations pertaining to the Act, and legal interpretations of the Act by federal and state courts; have the knowledge and ability to conduct hearings in accordance with appropriate, standard legal practice; and have the knowledge and ability to render and write decisions in accordance with appropriate, standard legal practice. The Agency reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids. The staff of the Agency will evaluate the proposals. If a bid is selected, the individual will be offered a contract conforming to many of the standard Vermont State Contract Provisions. Please see attached Request for Proposal for more information.

Special Instructions:
Submit resume and cover letter to: Helen Lamberton Legal Unit Administrator 219 North Main Street, Suite 402 Barre, VT 05641