The Solutions Panel process was developed in response to the growing need for a better way for families and schools to resolve their differences around special education issues.
Some States and LEA's offer a mediation model that is different than what IDEA requires. These approaches include panel or team mediation where two or or more mediators are used. Other models might include med/arb where a mediator becomes, with the support of the participants, a decision maker if they reached impasse. Also, online or cyber mediation is being used with increased frequency.