Date Published: May 31, 2009

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Source: 
Journal of Disability Policy Studies
Authors: 
Mueller, T. G.
Volume: 
20
Issue: 
1
Page Numbers: 
13-Apr

The number of due process hearings between parents of children with disabilities and school districts is growing nationwide. This litigation costs millions of dollars and destroys the relationships between the home and school envisioned during the creation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. This article provides a discussion of the status of our nation with regard to conflict between families and school districts. Current dispute resolution procedures, such as due process, formal complaints, and mediation, are all discussed as they relate to this growing national problem. Information regarding resolution meetings and alternative dispute resolution strategies are also discussed, as well as recommended structures for practicing appropriate dispute resolution in special education. (Abstract from author)