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.
More Mediation Resources:
- The Michigan Special Education Mediation Program (MSEMP)
- A Mediation Guide For Parents (pdf - 8 pages)
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:
- 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/