When does it become necessary to have an impartial hearing?

If you are unable to resolve a particular dispute with your local school district, an impartial hearing may be necessary. You have a federally mandated right to request an impartial hearing before an impartial hearing officer. Not all cases for which an impartial hearing is requested end up reaching an impartial hearing. Instead, many such cases may reach a settlement during the course of negotiation between the parent’s attorney and the school district.