I hope you have a chance to read this blog in Education Week. It summarizes the American Association of School Administrators recommendations to fix special education due process.  The AASA recommends four dispute resolution processes, including a consultancy model–and the end of due process hearings.

Amazingly, Ed Week reports that the AASA cites our Massachusetts reform effort–SpedEx–as its model!  For information about SpedEx please visit

I’m delighted to see SpedEx get this well-deserved national attention. It is a small, successful dispute resolution model that is free to parties, builds trust, focuses on the child’s need for a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE), and it’s quick! Check it out.

I do have some issues with how SpedEx was described, but let’s leave those for another day.

In terms of the AASA proposal, I recently blogged about it. Please visit my blog at


About Miriam

Miriam Kurtzig Freedman, JD, MA—an expert in public education, focused on special education law— is a lawyer, author, speaker, consultant, and reformer. For more than 35 years, Miriam worked with educators, parents, policy makers, and citizens to translate complex legalese into plain English and focus on good practices for children. Now, she focuses her passion on reforming special education, with her new book, Special Education 2.0—Breaking Taboos to Build a NEW Education Law. Presentations include those at the AASA Conference, Orange County (CA), Boston College (MA), CADRE (OR), and the Fordham Institute (DC). Her writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Education Week, Education Next, Hoover Digest, The University of Chicago Law Review on line,, and The Atlantic Monthly on line.

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