We are accepting new cases for the 2018-2019 school year!

please send questions about SpedEx to the SpedEx Administrator, 
David Scanlon, at   david.scanlon@bc.edu

Visit With the SpedEx Administrator

 Federation for Children with Special Needs Vision of Community Conference.  March 9, Seaport World Trade Center, Boston      https://fcsn.org/

 ASE (MA Administrators for Special Education) Spring Conference.  March 22, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester      http://www.asepage.org/

 SPAN (Special Needs Advocacy Network) Special Education Conference & Annual School Fair.  April 11, Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel, Marlborough     https://spanmass.org/

About SpedEx

SpedEx is a dispute resolution option available in certain cases after an IEP has been rejected or a mediation or hearing request has been filed.


  • is designed to assure that a child receives a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE); 

  • is voluntary and will build trust between parents and schools; 

  • is expedient;  and

  • provides a jointly agreed-upon independent SpedEx Consultant to review evidence and advise the parties on a program to provide FAPE and LRE so they may resolve their own dispute

The SpedEx Consultant is chosen from a list maintained by the SpedEx Administrator. Parties are not bound by the Consultant's report and recommendations, rather, they are recommendations provided to the parties so that they may resolve their dispute themselves.

 If the parties agree to the SpedEx recommendations, the dispute is considered resolved, the child is placed in the recommended program, and the SpedEx Consultant may be invited to observe the child in the new program.  This is to determine whether the signed IEP is being implemented. 

If the parties do not agree with the SpedEx recommendation, the parties may pursue their due process rights.

Key features:

  • Use of an independent, neutral, educational SpedEx Consultant jointly agreed-upon by parent and school, whose fee will be paid by the DESE

  • Placement of students by agreement within 30 days, with post-placement observation by Consultant

  • Decisions made through joint school-family knowledge and cooperation

How do I know if SpedEx may be appropriate for my situation?

Are the school district and the parent...

  1. Disputing whether the district's proposed IEP offers a FAPE in the LRE?
  2. Disputing what services the child needs in order to receive a FAPE in the LRE?
If you answer "Yes" to either of these questions, your case is likely eligible.  There must be a rejected IEP, or mediation or a hearing must be scheduled.  

For further information please contact Dr. David Scanlon, SpedEx Administrator, at david.scanlon@bc.edu

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SpedEx is an on-going experimental project, with limited funding (eight cases annually) through the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Requests for this option after an IEP has been rejected or a mediation or hearing request has been filed will generally be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. DESE has solicited and selected an administrator of the SpedEx Program, Dr. David Scanlon, Associate Professor of Special Education at Boston College. Professor Scanlon maintains schedules, contracts with the SpedEx Consultants, conducts satisfaction surveys, and develops data to assess the efficacy of the pilot project. Dr. Scanlon reserves the right to reject applications that are not consistent with the pilot objectives.

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SpedEx Consultant Disclosures and Limitations Policy

The SpedEx Consultant shall not communicate with or work with the parent, student, school district, advocate, or other parties involved in a case for one full year from the time the SpedEx process is completed, with the exception that the Consultant and any party may participate in a different SpedEx case about a different student with any of the parties during that time. 

In the event the Consultant and any party on a pending SpedEx case worked together within the last year, they shall notify the other parties of this before finalizing selection of a Consultant.  This notification requirement applies whether the Consultant worked with a party on a separate matter or a SpedEx case in that year.

Effective 9/12/14  The above policy began during the 2014-2015 school year. It is enforced until further notice.  We are interested to hear from you about its effectiveness. 

site last updated:  October 25, 2018