Lawyers offer suggestions for settling special-education disputes

09/27/2013 | District Administration magazine

Independent facilitators, independent evaluations and mediated meetings can help reduce the risk of litigation and due-process hearings between parents of students receiving special-education services and school districts, lawyers said. "It levels the playing field for parents, they can feel like the school's not the only one in charge -- you have a facilitator who's going to help you work more collegially," said Wayne Steedman, a Baltimore attorney who represents children with disabilities.

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