Special Education Hearing Officer

Ambrose Finnegan, Ed.D.

Due Process Hearing for:

Child’s Name: D.P.

Date of Birth: xx/xx/xx

Date of Hearing: June 1 and July 18, 2006

Type of Hearing: Closed

CDR #: 6484/05-06 AS

Parties to Hearing:

Parent: Parent(s)

School District: East Stroudsburg

District Representative: Gina DePietro, Esq. County Representative: Pro Se

Date Transcript
Received: July 25, 2006
Date of Decision: July 31, 2006
Hearing Officer: Ambrose Finnegan, Ed.D.



Student is a [teenaged] student in the East Stroudsburg School District (“District”). He has been classified as an Emotional Support (“ES”) student and his recently completed his junior year of high school. The District contends that Student has been a disruptive influence to the school environment and seeks to incorporate more restrictive interventions into his program. The parent disagrees with the recommended interventions, and requested these hearings.


  1. Should Student’s placement and program be changed from an itinerant to resource room status in order to provide him social skills training?
  2. Should Student be assigned a 1:1 instructional assistant?
  3. Was the FBA conducted concerning Student inappropriately implemented?


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