Educational Mediation & Due Process Hearings2024-05-05T12:48:59-04:00

Educational Mediation & Due Process Hearings

Mediation is an alternative process in which you may resolve a dispute that arises with your school district as it pertains to your child’s special education rights. Mediation is voluntary, and both you and the school district must agree to enter into the mediation process. The mediation process must be held at a time and place that is convenient to the parties involved in the dispute.

A due process hearing is a legal proceeding that ensures fairness in the decision making process regarding your child. As a parent, if you disagree with a proposed or refused action pertaining to your child’s education, you or the school district may initiate a due process hearing to resolve the disagreement.

In Connecticut and New York, you may file a due process complaint within 2 years of the time the school district proposes or refuses to: (a) consider or find that your child is disabled; (b) evaluate your child; (c) place your child in a school program that meets his or her unique individual needs; or (d) provide your child with a free appropriate public education (FAPE) that meets your child’s needs. If your school district has not provided you with a copy of your rights to bring a complaint, then according to the Connecticut State Department of Education, the two-year limit shall not begin until you receive a copy. This procedural safeguard manual may be available on the Department of Education website.

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