This office assists the Commissioner with hearing and deciding disputes under the state’s school laws. The office receives, dockets and reviews petitions filed by parties seeking rulings from the Commissioner. It arranges for hearings at the Office of Administrative Law (OAL), where parties present argument and evidence, and works with the Commissioner in subsequent review of case files and OAL recommendations. C&D assists the Commissioner in preparation of final written decisions and maintains records of decisions issued. It also provides, upon inquiry, general information to the public about the state’s school law and procedures for appeal to the Commissioner.