AM vs. Upper Darby School District

PENNSYLVANIA
SPECIAL EDUCATION HEARING OFFICER

LINDA M. VALENTINI, PSY.D., CHO

DECISION
DUE PROCESS HEARING

Name of Student: A.M.

ODR #18509/ 16-17 -KE

Date of Birth: [redacted]

Date of Hearing: December 12, 2016

CLOSED HEARING

Parties to the Hearing: Parent[s]

Upper Darby School District 4611 Bond Avenue
Drexel Hill, PA 19026

Representative: Pro Se

Scott Gottel, Esquire Holsten and Associates One Olive Street Media, PA 19063

Date of Decision: December 19, 2016

Hearing Officer: Linda M. Valentini, Psy.D., CHO

Background

Student1 is a middle school-aged student enrolled in the District. Because of Student’s concerning behavioral and social difficulties the District sought the Parent’s permission to evaluate Student to determine eligibility for special education and related services. Student’s father (hereinafter Parent) withheld consent for an evaluation. The District therefore requested this due process hearing to obtain an Order that Student be evaluated.

Issue

Should the School District’s request for an Order to perform a multidisciplinary evaluation of Student over the objections of the Parent be granted?

A-M-Upper-Darby-ODRNo-18509-16-17-KE

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