6 Things That Parents Need to Know About Special Education Resolution Meetings – Education Service

Do you have a child with autism or a learning disability who is not getting needed special education services? Have you considered filing for a due process hearing? Would you like to know about resolution meetings, and if they could help your child get needed services? This article will discuss 6 things that every parent should know about the special education due process resolution meeting!1. The resolution meeting is mandatory to parents who have filed for a due process hearing. Due process is a hearing that is held in front of a special education due process hearing officer. If you have filed for a due process hearing against your school district, you must attend the resolution meeting. Though the resolution meeting can be waived, if both parties agree in writing.2. While attendance is mandatory, parents do not have to bring any evidence with them, or show special education personnel what their case is! In fact I recommend that parents bring only three things with them to the resolution meeting. A pen and paper to take notes and a list of things that they are willing to settle for.3. School districts may not bring their attorney to resolution meetings unless the parent is represented by an attorney. Parents may bring advocates though, and I suggest you consider this.4. In most states what happens at a resolution meeting is not confidential and may be brought up in due process. Some states such as Indiana, Ohio, and Texas do consider the resolution meeting confidential! Parents should not agree to sign a confidentiality agreement before a resolution meeting why? Because any thing stated at the meeting by school personnel can be used at due process, unless a confidentiality agreement is signed between the two parties.5. In the states that do not make the resolution meeting confidential, parents may have the right to tape record the meeting, and use a transcript at the due process hearing. Check with your state board of education if you are interested in tape recording a resolution meeting.6. If a resolution is reached between special education personnel and parents a written legally binding settlement must be developed and signed by both parties. Make sure that the written agreement is specific to what services the school district is going to provide the child: minutes of the service, who is going to provide the service, how long the child will get the service, and anything else that is important. This agreement is enforceable in any state or federal court.Whether resolution meetings are helpful to settle due process cases depends on where you live, and your school district. I do think that it is helpful for parents to attend with an open mind, and listen to what special education personnel have to say. By knowing these 6 things you will be an assertive and persistent advocate for your child. Good luck!