Alaska Department of Education and Early Development – Office of Special Education – State Mediation System

Address: 801 West 10th Street, Suite 200 PO Box 110500
Juneau, AK 99811-0500
Phone: (907) 465-2806 Email: Website:

If you have concerns about your student's special education services or disciplinary actions the first step is to talk to your student's regular or special education teacher, the building principal, or the school district's special education administrator. It helps to deal with concerns when they first arise, so steps can be taken as soon as possible to support the working relationship among parents, staff, and students.

If you would like more information on any of these procedures you can refer to the Parental Rights for Special Educaion


When a district and a parent have a dispute they are unable to resolve, they may seek to address their differences through mediation. Mediation is a no-cost, voluntary process through which an impartial third party helps parties experiencing a conflict reach a suitable agreement. The Department encourages the use of mediation whenever a dispute arises in the identification, evaluation, placement, or provision of a free and appropriate public education of a child with disabilities.

A parent, guardian, surrogate parent, or the district may make a telephone or written request for mediation. 
Requests for mediation should be made to:

Alaska Special Education Mediation Services
C/O Dave Thomas
P.O. Box 4750
Whitefish, Montana 59937
Toll free: 800-580-2209
Fax: 406-863-9229


Special Education Dispute Resolution
Alaska Department of Education & Early Development
Teaching & Learning Support, Special Education

801 W 10th St., Ste. 200
P.O. Box 110500
Juneau, Alaska 99811-0500

Or fax to :(907) 465-2806
Attention: Special Education Dispute Resolution 

Department of Education & Early Development
ATTN: Office of Special Education Programs

801 W. 10th Street, Suite 200
P.O. Box 110500
Juneau, Alaska 99811-0500
Confidential Fax: (907) 465-2806
E-mail SPED Staff 

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