This Comment discusses the future of alternative dispute resolution in special education conflicts by first examining a brief history of the IDEA and the areas it covers. Due process complaints under the IDEA and mediation as a solution to due process complaints will then be addressed. Then, it will focus on mediation and its impact on parents and schools, particularly the advantages and disadvantages of mediation, and the presence of attorneys in mediation. Finally, it will look towards collaborative law, when two attorneys and their clients collaborate to reach an agreement, and the future of collaborative dispute resolution in the special education field. This Comment will show that mediation has a better chance of succeeding when attorneys represent both parties. Furthermore, collaborative dispute resolution may be an ideal solution that reaps the benefits of alternative dispute resolution while avoiding the drawbacks of traditional mediation in special education disputes.



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