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Mediation, Compliance, Dispute Resolution



Mediation

The Mediation Process:

  • Mediation brings parties together to work with each other to resolve a disagreement.
  • An impartial mediator helps the participants communicate their concerns to each other.
  • All parties are involved in the decision making. Everyone has an opportunity to express concerns and offer solutions.
  • The focus is on solving the disagreement and working toward a solution that satisfies all parties.
  • Mediation is voluntary. All parties must agree to participate.
  • The proceedings are confidential. Discussions cannot be used in any future hearings.

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Compliance

The Macomb Intermediate School District's Department of Special Education Management Services is responsible for investigating complaints of non-compliance with the laws or regulations.

A "complaint" means a specific written and signed allegation by an agency, a private individual, or an organization, that there is an uncorrected violation, misinterpretation, or misapplication of any of the provisions of Special Education Rules.

Legislation that applies to complaints:

  • Act No. 451 of Public Acts of 1976, as amended, of the Michigan Compiled Laws, as it pertains to special education programs and services.
  • The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) of 2004, and the regulations implementing the Act.
  • The State Board of Education’s Special Education Plan
  • An Individualized Education Planning Team report, hearing officer decision, or court decision regarding special education programs or services.

The Complaint Process:

Any person may file a formal complaint, which will result in an investigation of allegations by MISD.
Complaints against local school districts and/or the MISD may be directed to the Special Education Department of the Macomb Intermediate School District.  All complaints will be investigated in accordance with Part 8 of the Revised Administrative Rules for Special Education.

Link to Michigan Department of Education website:

http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-6530_6598_7363-299064--,00.html

Resources:

  • Procedural Safeguards Notice – 2009 - describes protections under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Information is also available from:

MICHIGAN ALLIANCE FOR FAMILIES, 1819 South Wagner Road, PO Box 1406, Ann Arbor, MI 49106; 1-800-552-4821; http://www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org/

MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, OFFICE OF SPECIAL EDUCATION AND EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICES, PO Box 30008, Lansing, MI 48909; 1-888-320-8384; http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-6530_6598-114125--,00.html

MICHIGAN PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY, 4095 Legacy Parkway, Suite 500, Lansing, MI 48911-4263; 1-800-288-5923; http://www.mpas.org/