Resolution meetings are mandated by the special education law, IDEA 2004, for due process requests initiated by parents, unless both parties waive participants in the meeting or if both parties agree to try mediation. The purpose of the resolution meeting is for the parents to discuss the due process complaint and supporting facts so the school has the opportunity to resolve the dispute. A resolution meeting gives the parents and the school a chance to work together to avoid a due process hearing. The law states that the first 30 days after a parent requests due process is considered a resolution period. As a requirement of this, a resolution meeting must be held during this period.
When a due process hearing is requested, a dispute already exists and the parties may have difficulty reaching agreement at a resolution meeting. Like in mediation, the presence of a neutral facilitator at the resolution meeting may yield a more effective and successful meeting. If both parties believe the use of a neutral third party at the resolution meeting will increase the likelihood of reaching agreement, ODR will send a facilitator to assist the parties.
Resolution Meeting Facilitation is provided at no cost for IDEA-related cases.
Resolution Meeting Facilitation Video
This video was developed to answer questions and provide information regarding Resolution Meeting Facilitation, a voluntary option available through ODR to parents and local education agencies when a due process hearing has been initiated. For closed-captioning, please view the video by clicking on the “Notes” tab in the upper right of the video.