About DRSE

Special education dispute resolution specialists and State Education Agency (SEA) staff need to keep current on legal issues in special education. The Dispute Resolution in Special Education (DRSE) Consortium at the Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education (TAESE) provides ongoing professional development opportunities for mediators, complaint investigators, due process hearing officers, and SEA staff. TAESE has developed an affordable option to ensure that dispute resolution specialists and SEA staff are properly trained and current on legal issues in special education.  

What We Do 

The DRSE Consortium States have joined together to provide affordable and relevant ongoing trainings for dispute resolution specialists. The following are Consortium States: 
• Alabama Arizona Colorado Kansas Montana Nebraska
• New Mexico North Dakota • Oregon  South Dakota Utah Wyoming •

Role of TAESE

Hire trained attorneys/facilitators for the calls and trainings.
Serve as fiscal agent for the Consortium.
Arrange technology for conference calls and trainings.
Create and maintain the host website/listserv.

During each calendar year, TAESE provides the following services:

Mediators/IEP Facilitators: 4 Conference Calls, 1 Training
Complaint Investigators: 4 Conference Calls, 1 Training
Due Process Hearing Officers: 4 Conference Calls, 1 Training

Why join?

There is an expectation that SEAs provide ongoing training for their dispute resolution specialists to continue building their capacity to perform their responsibilities under IDEA and state special education regulations. The Consortium provides an excellent opportunity for dispute resolution specialists and SEA staff to network with other “jobs alike” individuals in Consortium States. The conference calls and training topics are determined by Consortium members. All events use a conference call or webinar format, saving on expenses associated with travel and registration.

SEA Responsibility

Each member State enters into an agreement with TAESE. States can enter into a contract with TAESE or be invoiced at the end of each service period (one year). The SEA provides a list of contractors and SEA staff they want to participate in each workgroup. TAESE provides a mechanism for members to communicate, register for events, and receive training announcements.

How much will it cost and how do we join?

The annual membership fee is $8,500 per state for each fiscal year. Contact Amanda Davis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.s is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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