EM vs. Pittsburgh Public Schools

Pennsylvania
Special Education Hearing Officer

DECISION

Child’s Name: EM
Date of Birth: XX-XX-XXXX

Dates of Hearing:
November 3, 2009 & January 25, 2010

OPEN HEARING

ODR Case # 00261-09-10-LS

Parties to the Hearing: Mr. .

Dr. Lillian Wright Pittsburgh Public Schools 341 S. Bellefield Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Representative: Pro Se

Aimee Rankin, Esq. Law Offices of Ira Weiss 445 Fort Pitt Boulevard Suite 503
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Date Record Closed: January 25, 2010

Date of Decision: February 9, 2010

Hearing Officer: Jake McElligott, Esquire

INTRODUCTION AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY

“Student” (“student”) is a 18-year old student residing in the Pittsburgh School District (“District”) who has been identified as a student with a disability under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Improvement Act of 2004 (“IDEIA”)1. Namely, the student has been identified as having an emotional disturbance, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (“ADHD”), and a speech and language impairment. The parent has alleged that the District has mis-served the student in various capacities over many years and that the District has committed procedural and substantive violations of IDEIA. The District maintains that it has acted appropriately at all times towards the student in the design and implementation of the student’s special education programming.

ISSUES

Has the District failed to provide a free appropriate public education (“FAPE”) to the student through procedural acts and/or omissions?

EM-Pittsburgh-Public-ODRNo-00261-09-10-LS

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