IEP Mediation for Resolving Disputes

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

In this lesson, we will discuss the mediation process, which outlines the events that occur when the family and the school district are not in agreement about the IEP.

Definitions and Background

While schools and parents have the same ultimate goal, which is to make sure students are successful, sometimes there are disagreements about how to reach that goal. That is where mediation comes in. Mediation is when parents and school officials meet with an impartial party that is provided by the state to help resolve disagreements about a student's Individualized Educational Plan (IEP). Let's find out more about the mediation process.

Why Mediate?

While parents maintain their rights to a due process hearing under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), a hearing can be expensive and time-consuming. If both parties agree, mediation may be used to come to a mutual agreement. The mediator does not take sides or mandate a solution, but uses mediation skills to persuade the parties to reach a solution. If the parties still disagree, nothing that has been said in mediation may be used in court.

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