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About SpedEx


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


SpedEx... 

            (a) is designed to assure that a child receives a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in the 

                    least restrictive environment (LRE); 

               (b) is voluntary and will build trust between parents and schools; 

               (c) is expedient; 

               (d) 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 recommendation. If the parties agree to the SpedEx recommendation, the dispute is considered resolved, the child is placed in the recommended program, and the SpedEx Consultant observes the child in the program 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. 1.  Disputing whether the district's proposed IEP offers a FAPE in the LRE?

  2. 2.  Disputing what services the child needs in order to receive a FAPE in the LRE?

If your answer to either of these questions is "yes," the next step would be to propose the possibility of using SpedEx to the other party (either the school or the parent.) If both parties are interested in pursuing the possibility, then 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 2018-2019 fiscal year. Requests for this option after an IEP has been rejected or a 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 5, 2016