Mediation & Due Process

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Resolving Parent-School Disputes

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Parents want the “best” education for their children. Schools are only required to provide “appropriate” services for children with disabilities. Conflict between parents and schools is normal and inevitable.

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Maryland State Department of Education Family Support and Dispute Resolution Branch

The Branch facilitates informal dispute resolution by responding to parent inquiries, assisting parents with navigating Maryland’s early intervention and special education systems, and connecting parents with community resources and local personnel who can assist with concerns. Additionally, staff investigate and resolve formal State complaints that allege violations of state and federal IDEA requirements regarding the special education of students with disabilities and maintains data and reports on the dispute resolution processes, including complaint investigations, mediations, and due process hearings.

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Independent IEP Meeting Facilitation

The goal of the facilitated IEP meeting is to help IEP team members communicate effectively and develop an educational program to meet the child’s need. The independent facilitators, from Community Mediation Centers, can be contacted through the Howard County Public School System’s Family Support and Resource Center at 410-313-7161.

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A Parent’s Guide to Due Process in Special Education

The Howard County Public School System promotes the involvement of parents, families and community members as active partners in education. There may be times when a parent, guardian, or custodian will have a concern related to his or her child’s education. This document outlines the steps for addressing concerns specifically related to special education. For issues or concerns outside of special education

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An Overview of The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004)

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) provides parents with procedural protections when a disagreement arises over the identification, evaluation, placement, or program of their child regarding special education and related services.