A question arose while reading "Impartial hearings under the IDEA: legal issues and answers." IHO = Impartial Hearing Officer in a special education impartial hearing (a type of administrative hearing).
Does the IDEA provide any standards for IHO competence?
The IDEA competency standards require IHOs to: [...]
(iv) possess the knowledge and ability to render and write decisions in accordance with appropriate, standard legal practice.
20 U.S.C. § 1415(f)(3)(A) (2008).
The IHO who wrote the decision I'm appealing did an incredibly slapdash job, with spelling errors, grammar errors, factual errors and incorrect references. I would like a reference I can cite that shows that submitting a decision by "appropriate, standard legal practice" means, among other things, proofreading your document, or at least running your decision through a spell checker! (I don't mean the documentation would say that specifically, of course.)