Beyond Mediation: Strategies For Appropriate Early Dispute Resolution In Special Education

This briefing paper describes some of the causes of special education conflict and then explores the range of conflict management approaches being pioneered by state education agencies and school districts. The focus of this paper and the underlying research is on innovative work that is being done related to disagreements regarding those children and youth (3 years and older) served under Part B of IDEA. The National Center on Dispute Resolution (CADRE) encourages the use of mediation and other collaborative strategies to resolve disagreements about special education and early intervention programs. For more resources visit the CADRE website. This document was published in October 2002