This searchable database contains bibliographic information for literature (research-based and policy/practice) relating to dispute resolution in special education.

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Legal boundaries for the IDEA complaint resolution process.

The purpose of this article is to discuss the complaint resolution process (CRP) and provide an annotated outline to synthesize the other pertinent primary sources of law—court decisions, hearing/review officer decisions, and Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) policy letters —that fill in...Learn more

Legal options for resolving disputes in special education.

This article describes the legal mechanisms under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 which provide alternatives to litigation and other legal activity. These mechanisms can be used to promote informal resolution of disputes between parents and school officials.Learn more

Litigation and Students With Disabilities: A Persistent Concern

This article reviews recent litigation related to students with disabilities; it presents themes as well as five tables summarizing the facts and decisions in specific cases gathered by topic (see abstract for list). [Abstract] Special education litigation remains a volatile area with significant...Learn more

Resolution meetings: State supports and practices.

This In-Brief Policy Analysis is based on a survey sent to all special education units of state education agencies and interviews with eight states. Findings are synthesized for types of supports provided, frequency of resolution meetings, factors that impact the use of resolution meetings, and...Learn more