Ask for an advisory opinion
Connecticut also offers an Advisory Opinion Process, a streamlined hearing, during which the parties offer basic evidence and the testimony of witnesses. The hearing officer renders an oral opinion based upon the information. An advisory opinion is nonbinding. If the parents or the school district disagree with the hearing officer’s opinion, either party may pursue other forms of resolution, such as mediation or a due process hearing.
Assignment of hearing officers
The State Dept. of Education contracts with qualified individuals to serve as hearing officers and, upon receipt of a due process hearing request, assigns a hearing officer to conduct the hearing. Hearing officers must be knowledgeable about the law, federal and state regulations and case law. They must have the knowledge and ability to conduct hearings and write decisions in accordance with appropriate standard legal practice. Hearing officers are neither current nor former State Dept. of Education employees.