Here we provide some resources for parents and caregivers to better understand and use available methods for resolving conflicts or disputes between families and schools.
Released on July 19, 2022, the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) published several policy documents and guides to help public elementary and secondary schools fulfill their responsibilities to meet the needs of students with disabilities and avoid the discriminatory use of student discipline.
The resources are the most comprehensive guidance on the civil rights of students with disabilities concerning student discipline and build on the Department’s continued efforts to support students and schools through pandemic recovery.
This guide is designed to assist parents in understanding Virginia’s dispute resolution systems of mediation, complaints, and due process hearings. It offers guidance in selecting an appropriate course of action and describes how to request and prepare for mediation, how to file and proceed with a complaint, and how to file and prepare for a due process hearing.
The National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) offers publications, webinars and other resources on resolving special education disputes.
CADRE’s Dispute Resolution Parent Guides are now available! One each on Mediation, Written State Complaints, Resolution Meetings, and Due Process Complaints/Hearing Requests.
The US Department of Education revised Questions and Answers about dispute resolution procedures available under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The document is long, but covers specifics about mediation, State complaints, due process complaints and hearings, resolution meetings, and expedited due process hearings.