A process facilitated by a trained mediator that is voluntary and confidential and promotes respectful and constructive communication between a parent(s), school personnel, and possibly other support persons.
Each side is given the opportunity to explain the situation from their perspective, while the other side listens. A list of issues is developed and addressed one at time. Solutions to each issue are explored by the parties. When solutions have been found that are satisfactory to all parties, an agreement is written.
What types of special education issues can be mediated?
- Disagreements concerning the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or provision of the free appropriate public education of learners with disabilities.
- Communication problems among interested parties.
- Strained relationships between family and the school district and assessment or trust issues.
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