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Request for Sealed Proposals (RFSP) for Competitive Contracts

Title Brief Description Proposal Due Date
Special Education Due Process Hearing Officer Training and Staff Development  

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is seeking an Offeror to serve as the due process training entity, to provide staff development and training to a small cadre of hearing officers (10 to 24 individuals) who preside over special education disputes throughout Illinois.  In addition to demonstrating basic mastery of the relevant provisions contained in the Illinois School Code, the rules of the State Board [23 Ill. Adm. Code 226 (Special Education)], and the 2004 revision of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA” or “IDEA 2004”), the successful bidder must be able to present a structured and coherent plan of training and support to ensure that all hearing officers are comprehensively trained in (1) the areas listed above and (2) the process of conducting special education due process hearings as set forth under federal and Illinois law and related federal and state regulations and standards, or other guidance issued by the State Board.  Further information about IDEA 2004 can be viewed here: 

Since July of 1997 the State of Illinois has operated a single-tier special education due process system to adjudicate disputes arising between parents/guardians of students with disabilities (or students with disabilities who are 18 years or older) and school districts that concern the provision of a free appropriate public education to the student in question.  Provisions guiding the conduct of due process hearings are found in Sections 14-8.02a and 14-8.02b of the School Code (105 ILCS 5/14-8.02a and 8.02b), as well as Subpart G of rules governing Special Education (23 Illinois Administrative Code 226, Subpart G).  Provisions regarding the qualifications of hearing officers, as well as the statutory authority establishing an independent training entity, are found in Section 14-8.02c of the School Code (105 ILCS 5/14-8.02c).

The successful Offeror will have two principal responsibilities during the contract period.  The first is provision of ongoing training and technical support to the existing group of special education due process hearing officers through a series of in-person group trainings throughout the course of the contract year and, periodically, on-going technical assistance and supplemental training to individual hearing officers as the need may arise.  The second responsibility will be provision of comprehensive initial training to new hearing officers if new hiring occurs during the course of the contract. 

The resulting contract with the successful bidder shall have an initial term of approximately one year beginning no earlier than July 1, 2015 and ending on June 30, 2016.  In no event will the total term of the contract – including the initial term, any renewal items, and any extensions – exceed ten (10) years.  Subject to the maximum total term limitation, the Illinois State Board of Education has the option to renew for the following terms:  two additional one-year terms. 

April 27, 2015
2:00 PM CST

All RFSPs or Contract Award Notices for more than $20,000 are posted to the Illinois Department of Central Management Services’ (CMS) Procurement Bulletin. The website address is

For your convenience, a list of the State Board of Education’s RFSPs that are currently available is found above.  However, if you would like to receive any solicitations, please access the website address above to register as follows.

  • Select the “Registration” button that is located at the top of the screen and complete the form. The form requests information needed for a “subscription” to the Bulletin and will be used to send automatic e-mails to your business.
  • When registering, select the class code(s) that best describes the services or commodities that you wish to provide to the State Board of Education, or to other state agencies, if you wish to be informed of their solicitations.
  • Once you register and select the class code(s), CMS will e-mail you when a solicitation, addendum or award notice is posted regarding the class code(s) that were selected.

If you need assistance, then please contact the Illinois Procurement Bulletin Help Desk toll free at 1-866-ILL-BUYS (1-866-455-2897). Please note that registration is not required if you only want to browse through the site; however, you need to register with CMS to view any RFSPs or solicitations.

Once you are registered, you may access a solicitation by clicking on “IllinoisBid”.  On the top right of the page, select “Sort Agency”. For State Board of Education’s solicitations, scroll down to “SBE” and click on the triangle. The solicitation that you are seeking will be listed. Click on the solicitation number and the RFSP will be located at the bottom of the screen as an attachment.

Resources for Proposal Development

Information that summarizes the requirements for submitting a proposal as outlined in the RFSP is available at Tips for Completing Requests for Sealed Proposals (RFSP) PDF Format.

Ethics Requirements

Information about ethics, registration and reporting requirements, and limitations on campaign contributions for certain vendors and bidders can be found at


Section 20-160 (b) of the Illinois Procurement Bulletin (30 ILCS 500) requires that “every bid submitted to and every contract executed by the State on or after [January 1, 2009,] shall contain (1) a certification by the bidder or contractor that either (i) the bidder or contractor is not required to register as a business entity with the State Board of Elections pursuant to this Section or (ii) the bidder or contractor has registered as a business entity with the State Board of Elections and acknowledges a continuing duty to update the registration; and (2) a statement that the contract is voidable under Section 50-60 for the bidder’s or contractor’s failure to comply with this Section.”

The Agency must reject bids that do not comply with these provisions.

Further information about this process can be found in Section 1.5207 of rules governing Procurement (44 Ill. Adm. Code 1.5037).

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