The Bureau of Special Projects is responsible for the public dissemination of special education due process hearing decisions in accordance with 20 U.S.C. §§1415(h)(4)(A) and 1417(c). Section 1415(h)(4)(A) requires that hearing decisions be made available to the public consistent with the requirements of section 1417 (c) relating to the confidentiality of data, information, and records. Section 1417(c) requires the protection of the confidentiality of any personal identifiable data, information, and records collected or maintained by the Secretary of Education and by state and local education agencies.
Prior to public dissemination of a hearing decision, the Office of Special Education/Bureau of Special Projects will remove the following information from the decision:
- Name, including initials, of student and parents;
- Student’s age;
- Student’s grade; and
- All other student information that directly identifies a student or that if disclosed would allow the student's identity to be easily traced.
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