(1) Upon receipt by mail of a written request for mediation signed by all parties to a special education controversy as defined in 34 CFR 300.506, prior to, during, or after a request for a due process hearing under ARM 10.16.3507, the Superintendent of Public Instruction shall appoint an impartial mediator.
(2) Mediation may not be used in the case of revocation of parental consent for placement.
(3) The parties may mutually agree to any qualified mediator whose name is included on the list maintained by the Superintendent of Public Instruction. If the parties agree to a mediator, the name of the mediator will be included in the request for mediation.
(4) If the request for mediation does not include the name of a qualified mediator, the process for selection is as follows:
(a) The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall mail to each party the names of three mediators from its list of qualified mediators knowledgeable in special education laws and regulations.
(b) Upon receipt of the list of names, the parties shall have three business days to review the list, prioritize their selection, and return the list to the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
(c) If, despite efforts to arrive at a mutually agreeable choice, the parties cannot agree, the Superintendent of Public Instruction shall appoint a mediator from the names sent to the parties.
(5) The mediator shall schedule a mediation session in a timely manner, but no later than 30 days from the date of receipt of the request for mediation at the office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
(6) Mediation shall comply with 34 CFR 300.506.