DE SB207 | 2011-2012 | 146th General Assembly


Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 12-2)
Status: Passed on August 13 2012 - 100% progression
Action: 2012-08-13 - Signed by Governor
Text: Latest bill text (Engrossed) [HTML]


Currently, 14 Del. C. 3122 implements requirements under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”) regarding the duty of school districts to locate, identify, and evaluate all children in need of special education and related services. The IDEA was amended to require that local school districts identify, locate, and evaluate all children who are in need of special education and related services and attending private schools at the election of their parents when the private schools being attended are located within the school district boundaries. This Act clarifies state law provisions regarding the “child find” duty in a manner consistent with current IDEA requirements. The Act also amends the administrative hearing system under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and 14 Del. C. 3101 et seq. relating to hearing panels that address complaints from parents about special education services. Those panels consist of an educator, a layperson, and a Delaware attorney, who serves as chairperson of the hearing panel. The IDEA recently added hearing officer competency requirements to ensure IDEA appeals are heard professionally. This Act amends state law to give the Department more flexibility in appointing attorney panel members who meet IDEA competency requirements but may not practice law in Delaware.

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An Act To Amend Title 14 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Exceptional Persons.


Roll Calls

2012-06-27 - House - House Third Reading (Y: 41 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2012-05-03 - Senate - Senate Third Reading (Y: 16 N: 2 NV: 0 Abs: 3) [PASS]


2012-08-13 Signed by Governor
2012-06-27 Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 41 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
2012-06-13 Reported Out of Committee (EDUCATION) in House with 11 On Its Merits
2012-05-08 Introduced and Assigned to Education Committee in House
2012-05-03 Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 16 YES 2 NO 0 NOT VOTING 3 ABSENT 0 VACANT
2012-05-03 Amendment SA 1 - Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 19 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 2 ABSENT 0 VACANT
2012-05-02 Amendment SA 1 - Introduced and Placed With the Bill in Senate
2012-05-02 Reported Out of Committee (EDUCATION) in Senate with 4 On Its Merits
2012-04-25 Assigned to Education Committee in Senate

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