Five Options, 1-2-3

September 2012 This information in Spanish | Esta información en español There are times when parents and schools simply do not agree on some issue affecting a child's education. They may try informal approaches to resolving the conflict, such as reviewing and revising the child's IEP or holding a facilitated IEP meeting (an approach emerging in the field). When these don't result in agreement on what represents an appropriate education for … [Read more...]


September 2012 This information in Spanish | Esta información en español IDEA requires public agencies (school systems) to have procedures to make mediation available to parents and public agencies to resolve a dispute involving any matter arising under Part B, including matters arising prior to the filing of a due process complaint. Mediation is entirely voluntary. While each mediation situation is unique, generally both parties to the … [Read more...]

Mediation, in Detail

September 2012You can tell just by the title of this article that you are now entering a detailed discussion of the mediation process under IDEA.What is mediation?Benefits of mediationStats on use of mediationWhen is mediation an option?When is mediation not available?SEA’s obligations for mediation processWhat happens at mediationConfidentiality of info shared during mediationEnforcing the mediation agreementTo read IDEA’s exact words, visit IDEA’s Regulations … [Read more...]

IDEA’s Regulations on Mediation

  IDEA's final Part B regulations addressing the mediation are found at §300.506. Word for word, and in their entirety, the regulations read: §300.506 Mediation. (a) General. Each public agency must ensure that procedures are established and implemented to allow parties to disputes involving any matter under this part, including matters arising prior to the filing of a due process complaint, to resolve disputes through a mediation process. (b) … [Read more...]

Indicator 19 | Mediations Resulting in Mediation Agreements

Updated, April 2013 IDEA wisely includes multiple mechanisms that families and schools can use to resolve disputes associated with the education of children with disabilities. These include: written State complaints, mediation, due process complaints, resolution meetings, and due process hearings. Indicator 19, shown in bold below, deals with disputes that are successfully resolved through mediation, from which a mediation agreement emerges. … [Read more...]

Module 18: Options for Dispute Resolution

February 2008 English only slideshow Handouts for Participants in English and in Spanish Author Lisa Pagano Office of Special Education Programs U.S. Department of Education with special thanks to... Marshall Peter, Dick Zeller, Philip Moses, and John Reiman CADRE | Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education __________________________ Module 18 is all about IDEA's mechanisms for resolving disputes between … [Read more...]

Preparing for Special Education Mediation and Resolution Sessions: A Guide for Families and Advocates

The Advocacy Institute partnered with the Children's Law Clinic at Duke Law School to develop this guide for families and advocates on preparing for mediations and resolution sessions. … [Read more...]

A Roadmap to Legal Dispute Resolution for Students with Disabilities

April 2012Read the article (PDF)About this ArticleThis article maps out the similarities and differences among the various routes to Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 dispute resolution, including those not widely and well known to special education leaders.  For IDEA-eligible students, the alternative avenues consist of not only the impartial hearing procedures and the state education agency's complaint investigation/resolution … [Read more...]

Requesting Mediation

From our series of model letters...because sometimes you need to communicate with the school about your child's education. 3rd edition, January 2011 Model letter, in PDF (see page 18) En español | In Spanish   This short publication comes from a much longer Parent's Guide that focuses on communicating with your child's school via letter writing. There are times when you, as a parent, may want to communicate in writing with … [Read more...]

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