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Special Education Hearing Officer
Child’s Name: C.C.
Date of Birth: [redacted]
Date of Hearing: 7/9/2015
ODR File No. 16178-14-15 KE
Parties to the Hearing:
Local Education Agency Kutztown Area School District 251 Long Lane
Kutztown, PA 19530
Melissa Krishock, Esquire
Law Office of Melissa Krishock 519 Walnut Street, 3rd Floor Reading, PA 19601
Glenna Hazeltine, Esquire
King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul Suite 700
One West Broad Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
Date Record Closed: July 14, 2015
Date of Decision: August 6, 2015
Hearing Officer: Cathy A. Skidmore, Esquire
INTRODUCTION AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
The student (hereafter Student)1 is a high school-aged student in the Kutztown Area School District (District) who is eligible for special education pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).2 Student’s Parents filed a due process complaint against the District asserting that it improperly imposed discipline upon Student in violation of the IDEA. At the hearing, the Parents also claimed that, after Student enrolled in a cyber-school program at their request because of the disciplinary action, the District denied Student the special education services that Student was provided prior to that change of placement.
The case proceeded to a due process hearing completed in a single session. The District’s Motion to Dismiss made at the beginning of the hearing was denied, and the parties presented evidence on the issues presented. For the reasons set forth below, I find in favor of the District and the Parents’ claims will therefore be denied.
- Whether the District improperly imposed disciplinary action against Student; and
- If it did improperly impose disciplinary action against Student, is Student entitled to compensatory education and/or other equitable remedies?