Special Education Mediation Fosters Conflict Resolution


By Ann Logsdon

Special education mediations take place when parents and schools disagree on special education programs for students with learning disabilities. Because reaching a resolution can be difficult when such conflicts arise, mediation often follows.

Get acquainted with the mediation process by learning the steps that must happen to enable a mediation to occur, the parts of a mediation and how to proceed when negotiations fail.

All Parties Must Agree to Mediate
Mediation is a voluntary process. That is, parents and school administrators must voluntarily agree to participate in mediation.

Parents or school administrators may want to consider mediation when they want to avoid a more adversarial due process hearing or desire an impartial and knowledgeable person to manage communication to ensure everyone is civil and is heard.

They may also consider mediation when negotiations in IEP team meetings have stalled, and they want to resolve the matter without attorney involvement or more adversarial resolution methods.

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