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The National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education

"Encouraging the use of mediation and other collaborative strategies to resolve disagreements about special
education and early intervention programs."

Mediating at the Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings

Judith Finn Plymyer

The Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings provides special education mediation services to the State Department of Education, Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services. This brief article spotlights the service and its recent success.  For FY 2003, the office received 425 special education mediation requests.  298 cases went to mediation and 193 of those settled for an agreement rate of 65%.


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