Mediation/Due Process

Guaranteed under the Fourteenth Amendment, due process is a series of steps to assure children a free, appropriate public education.  At each step in determining your child’s needs for a special education program, you have the right to disagree with the decisions.  These decisions may be reviewed in a due process hearing with members of the education team.  In addition, the Pennsylvania Department of Education offers the services of a third party mediator to resolve differences between parents and educators.