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If it is after hours, please contact Michael Liang at (916) 475-8843.  Comments? Suggestions? Inquiries? DGSPublicAffairs@dgs.ca.gov 

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The Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) is accepting applications for the OAH Special Education Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee was established to assist OAH by providing non-binding recommendations for improvements to the special education hearing and mediation processes.
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The Office of Administrative Hearings is implementing a pilot project for the scheduling of mediations.  OAH currently schedules mediations on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and will continue to do so through the pilot period.  During the pilot period, OAH will schedule some mediations on Fridays at the request of all parties to the mediation.  The request may only be made after the complaint has been filed and OAH has issued the initial scheduling order.  The request mu...
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The Office of Administrative Hearings’ (OAH) Special Education Division is happy to announce that we are now offering email service for courtesy copies. This means that parties now have the option to accept official document service from OAH either via fax or U.S. Mail with a courtesy copy to their provided email address.
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Special Education Advisory Committee April 22, 2016

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Please join us on Friday, April 22, 2016 at 10 AM – 1 PM, via webcast for our next Special Education Advisory Committee Meeting.
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E-Filing for the Special Ed Division Now Available

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E-Filing for the Special Ed Division Now Available The Special Education Division is now accepting electronic filings (e-filing).  Documents can be submitted electronically as email attachments to SEFilings@dgs.ca.gov. Please review the resources below for important Guidelines and FAQs related to e-filing prior to participating.  If you have any further questions, please contact a case manager at 916-263-0880.
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New Forms for Teacher Dismissal Cases at OAH

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Assembly Bill 215, effective January 1, 2015, made significant changes and additions to the Education Code provisions concerning suspension or dismissal of permanent certificated teachers. The Office of Administrative Hearings will begin implementing new processes for teacher dismissal cases.  For more information, please visit the
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Presiding Administrative Law Judge Bob Varma has assumed the position of the Special Education Division Presiding ALJ.  He joined the Office of Administrative Hearings in 2009 and became the Presiding ALJ in the Special Education Sacramento office in 2010.  He brings a wealth of experience to his new position and will continue to provide excellent leadership to the division and OAH.
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Zackery Morazzini has been appointed Director and Chief Administrative Law Judge of the Office of Administrative Hearings. Director Morazzini has served as general counsel at the California Fair Political Practices Commission since 2011 and served in several positions at the California Department of Justice from 2001 to 2011, including supervising deputy attorney general, deputy attorney general and graduate legal scholar. Director Morazzini was an attorney at Martinez and Kaminski from 2000 to ...
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Stull Panel Member Reimbursement Claims

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Effective July 1, 2013, Assembly Bill 97, Chapter 47, Statutes of 2013, eliminated the categorical program for Teacher Dismissal Hearing Panel member payments included in Budget Act item 6110-209-0001.  The program is now included as part of the County’s Local Control Funding Formula.  Therefore, OAH is no longer able to process any Stull panel member’s reimbursement claim.  Claims for reimbursement will need to be handled directly between the requesting party and the District.  
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Electronic Filing at the OAH

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OAH requires all General Jurisdiction (not Special Education) case documents filed by governmental entities with our offices to be submitted electronically. Attorneys representing individuals, or individuals who choose to do so, may also file documents electronically, but documents filed electronically must be filed according to the filing and naming guidelines established below.
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