Should I agree to a confidential settlement agreement with the school district?
A successful informal meeting or mediation is likely to result in a confidential settlement agreement between you and the district. It is common for these settlements to include clauses that waive your child’s educational rights. Often, this means you cannot go to due process over the same issue for a specified period of time. Sometimes, the settlement may contain a prospective waiver that covers the district against any litigation for the rest of that school year or annual IEP. Attorney Dina Kaplan tells us that it is wise to consult a lawyer to make sure you fully understand the implications before agreeing to any waiver.
For more information about resolving disputes, see our article Due Process 101: Background, Preparation, and How to Approach Disputes.