Special Education Mediation

Parents who disagree with the delivery of special education programs and services their child is receiving may use the mediation process to address and resolve disputes. Districts may also initiate a request that a parent go to mediation. Mediations are conducted at no cost to either the parent or school district. Evaluations of mediation sessions by parents and school districts are favorable. Both parties view mediation as a valuable and positive alternative to an impartial hearing, in that the mediation process is less adversarial than an impartial hearing and is completed in a more timely manner.

What Issues Can Be Mediated?

Issues in dispute that can be brought to mediation include, but are not limited to:

     *  Identification/Classification

     *  Evaluation

     *  Recommendation for special education services

     *  Educational placement

     *  Disciplinary actions for students with disabilities

What Issues Cannot Be Addressed?

Most issues can be addressed in the mediation process, however, there are some which cannot:


     *  Decisions made at the Subcommittee on Special Education
         level resulting in disagreement: These must first be
         referred in writing to the full Committee on
         Special Education (CSE) for attempted resolution;

     *  Awarding of attorney’s fees, even in conjunction with other
         points of agreement; and 

     *  Placement in non-approved (by NYSED) private schools.

For more information: Contact us or visit NYSDRA.org