Office of Legal Services, Special Education Mediation Program

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is responsible for providing a special education mediation program.  Parents and school districts can find information about the special education mediation program on this page.



TEA provides a  list of current special education mediators  and their qualifications.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

TEA designed the Special Education Dispute Resolution Handbook to assist parents, school officials, and other interested parties in understanding and working through TEA's special education dispute resolution system. The handbook contains information about the mediation program including FAQs.  It is not intended to be legal advice.  If you need legal advice concerning a special education matter you may contact a private attorney.  TEA cannot provide legal advice.   Click HERE for a link to the Spanish translation of the handbook.


Special Education Mediation Survey

The special education mediators provide this special education mediation survey to parties following the completion of the mediation process.


Mediation Request Form

TEA developed a mediation request form for your use.  Although use of the form is not required, this special education mediation request form may be used to request mediation.


Other Mediation Resources and Information

The information below may also be helpful to you.

CADRE: Participating in Mediation

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services' letter to TEA responds to TEA's inquiry about whether a state educational agency may dismiss claims raised in a state special education complaint that were released in a previous resolution session or mediation settlement agreement.

If you have questions about special education mediation or this webpage, contact Lorie Williams at