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of the hearing (i.e., a record of the hearing), the findings of fact, and the decisions at no cost.

Changes: Section 303.436(b)(4) and (b)(5) has been changed to specify that a parent involved in a due process hearing has the right to receive a written or electronic verbatim transcription of the hearing and a copy of the written findings of fact and decisions at no cost to the parent.

Convenience of hearings and timelines (§303.437)

Comment: Several commenters recommended that §303.437,

like 34 CFR 300.515(c) of the Part B regulations, allow hearing officers to grant specific extensions of time beyond the period set out in 34 CFR 300.515 of the Part B regulations at the request of either party.

Discussion: Sections 303.435 through 303.438 are

substantively unchanged from current §§303.420 through

303.423, which prescribe a 30-day timeline for due process proceedings in States that adopt Part C due process procedures under section 639 of the Act. However, we agree with the commenters that extensions to the 30-day timeline

in §303.437(b) may be necessary under certain circumstances

(such as, unavailability of witnesses, exceptional child and family circumstances, and pending evaluations and assessments). Therefore, we have added a new paragraph (c) to this section providing that a hearing officer may grant