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August 8 2019 edr

AGENDA

Education Dispute Resolution Working Group Meeting

August 8, 2019 at 1:00PM EST

Indiana Government Center South, Conference Room A

302 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204

  1. Call to Order
  1. Roll Call
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  1. Approval of the Agenda
  2. Approval of Minutes
  1. July 25, 2019—Memo
  1. EDR Working Group Chair & Member Comments
  2. Public Comment (3 minutes per individual—total 30 minutes)
  3. Discussion Items
  1. Recap regarding Indiana Department of Education’s Cost of Educational Disputes Report—Address any Outstanding Questions relating to Report
  2. EDR Working Group Legislative Goals Discussion:
      1. Category 6— “Patterns of complaints that emerge regarding special education rights and services, in order for the department to develop strategies to better resolve issues that lead to a particular pattern of complaints.”
  3. Policy Discussion: EDR Working Group Member Dr. Balsley—Special Education Directors’ Experiences Preventing and Responding To Requests for Due Process Hearings
      1. What leadership actions did special education directors take to increase cooperation and mitigate conflict between families and schools?
      2. What were the experiences of special education directors after receiving requests for due process hearings?
        1. Other Perspectives
  4. Recap and Summarize Specific Recommendations Based on Goals and Policy Discussion
  1. Next Steps
  1. August 22, 2019—EDR Working Group Legislative Goals Discussion:
      1. Category 3— “A system of access to low cost legal advocacy regarding educational disputes that encourages efficient resolution of disputes and does not incentivize protraction.”
      2. Category 5—“Information and communication strategies to parents of students with disabilities and school corporations for resolving disputes concerning special education issues.”
      3. Category 9—“Whether a dispute resolution ombudsman within the department would reduce costs relating to legal advocacy and facilitate more efficient resolution of disputes.”

  1. Adjournment