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  162.963.  Rights of parties — record of proceedings, how kept — costs, how paid. — 1.  At any hearing held pursuant to the provisions of section 162.961, except as otherwise provided in this section, either party or a representative shall be entitled to:

  (1)  Be accompanied and advised by counsel and by individuals with special knowledge or training with respect to the problems of children with disabilities;

  (2)  Present evidence and confront, cross-examine, and compel the attendance of witnesses;

  (3)  Prohibit the introduction of any evidence, including all evaluations and recommendations based on the offering party's evaluation, at the hearing that has not been disclosed to that party at least five business days before the hearing;

  (4)  Obtain a written or, at the option of the parents, electronic verbatim record of the hearing; and

  (5)  Obtain written or, at the option of the parents, electronic findings of fact and decision.

  2.  Parents involved in hearings have the right to have the child who is the subject of the hearing present and the right to open the hearing to the public.

  3.  Prior to the resolution conference or hearing, the parent or guardian or a representative of the parent or guardian shall have access to any reports, records, clinical evaluations or other materials upon which the action to be reviewed was wholly or partially based which could reasonably have a bearing on the correctness of the determination.

  4.  A complete record shall be made of all proceedings unless otherwise specified by statute, which records shall include verbatim transcription of all testimony and shall include all documents, writings, or other evidence presented by any party.  Costs incurred during these proceedings, except those of the parties for purchasing diagnostic services or legal counsel or other services of a personal nature, shall be the responsibility of the state board of education.

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(L. 1977 H.B. 130, A.L. 1979 H.B. 343, A.L. 1992 H.B. 1151, A.L. 1994 H.B. 1397, A.L. 1996 H.B. 1376 & 1501, A.L. 1998 H.B. 1683, A.L. 2009 H.B. 289)


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