Ask for mediation
Mediation is a voluntary process that may be used to resolve disputes between school districts and parents of a child with a disability. The law requires the mediation process to meet certain specific conditions.
• Mediation must be voluntary on the
part of both parties: the parents and the school district. In other words, both parties must agree to take part.
• Mediation may not be used by the
school district to deny or delay a child’s right to a hearing or to deny any other hearing or to deny any other rights under IDEA.
• Mediation must be conducted
by a qualified and impartial mediator trained in effective mediation techniques.
• Each session in the mediation
process must be scheduled in a timely manner and held at a location convenient to the parties in the dispute.
• If a solution to the presenting
problem is reached by the parties involved, it must be set forth in a written mediation agreement.
• Discussions that occur during
the mediation process are confidential; they may not be used as evidence in future due process hearings or civil proceedings.