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Special Education Hearing Officer
Child’s Name: C.D.
Date of Birth: [redacted]
Date of Hearing: July 8, 2010
ODR Case # 17881-1516KE
Parties to the Hearing:
Quakertown Community School District 100 Commerce Drive
Quakertown, PA 18951
Frederick Stanczak, Esq.
179 North Broad Street – 2nd Floor Doylestown, PA 18901
Mark Walz, Esq.
331 East Butler Avenue New Britain, PA 18601
Date Record Closed: July 8, 2016
Date of Decision: July 13, 2016
Hearing Officer: Jake McElligott, Esquire
INTRODUCTION AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
[The Student] (“student”)1 is a [late teenaged] student who resides in the Quakertown Community School District (“District”). The student is eligible as a student with a disability Individuals with Disabilities in Education Improvement Act of 2004 (“IDEIA”)2, namely as a student with multiple health impairments and a speech/language impairment. The parties’ dispute centers on the student’s extended school year (“ESY”) program for the summer of 2016. The parents maintain that the District’s proposed ESY program is inappropriate and request alternative ESY arrangements. The District maintains that the proposed ESY program it has offered is appropriate and, as such, has complied with its duties under federal and Pennsylvania law to offer the student a free appropriate public education (“FAPE”).
For the reasons set forth below, I find in favor of the District.
Is the District’s proposed ESY program appropriate? If not, is the student entitled to remedy?