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SPECIAL EDUCATION HEARING OFFICER
DUE PROCESS HEARING
Name of Child:
Date of Birth:
Date of Hearing:
October 26, 2012
Parties to the Hearing:
Lakeland School District 1593 Lakeland Drive Jermyn, PA 18433
Heather Hulse, Esquire 30 Cassatt Avenue Berwyn, PA 19312
Glenna Hazeltine, Esquire
King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul One West Broad Street Suite 700 Bethlehem, PA 18018
Date Record Closed: November 15, 2012
Date of Decision: November 25, 2012
Hearing Officer: Linda M. Valentini, Psy.D., CHO
Certified Hearing Official
Student1 is a high school aged former resident of the Lakeland School District [District] who is eligible for special education pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act [IDEA] under the classification of Emotional Disturbance and consequently a protected handicapped individual under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 [Section 504], as well as the federal and state regulations implementing those statutes.
The current matter addresses the Parent’s assertion that the District denied Student a free appropriate public education [FAPE] through procedural and substantive violations of the IDEA.
Did District deny Student a free appropriate public education through procedural and/or substantive violations?
Did District fail in its child find obligations to Student?
Did District fail to offer Student an appropriate program/placement? Was the District’s evaluation of Student appropriate?