For children, schools, and parents: child-centered; appropriate program; trust-based

Welcome to SpedEx

We are an IEP dispute resolution option in Massachusetts when you have a rejected IEP.

Free to schools and families.

We are accepting cases for the 2019-2020 School Year

SpedEx: For children, schools, and parents. Child-centered, appropriate program, trust-based.

About SpedEx

SpedEx is a dispute resolution option available in certain cases after an IEP has been rejected, or if a mediation or hearing request has been filed. We help families and schools resolve disputes concerning free and appropriate public education (FAPE) or the least restrictive environment (LRE).

SpedEx is an on-going experimental project, funded through the 2020-2021 school year. Requests for this option may be made after an IEP has been rejected, or if mediation or a hearing request has been filed. Requests will generally be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. SpedEx is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). However, SpedEx operates independent of the DESE.

Accepting Applications 2019 - 2020

SpedEx may be used instead of mediation or a hearing (however, you may always return to those options). Schools and families jointly select their own SpedEx Consultant. The SpedEx Consultant reviews evidence and makes recommendations on how to meet FAPE and LRE. Family and School decide how to resolve their dispute. Over 80% of SpedEx cases result in a signed IEP.

SpedEx 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.

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

  • Decision made through joint school-family knowledge and cooperation

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

Is SpedEx 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.

You may consult the SpedEx Administrator at any time.