GR vs. Reading School District

IN THE PENNSYLVANIA OFFICE FOR DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Final Decision and Order

ODR File No. 2619-1112AS

OPEN HEARING

Child’s Name: G.R.1

Date of Birth: [redacted]

Hearing Dates: January 18, 2012

Parties to the Hearing

Reading School District 800 Washington Street Reading, PA 19601

Parent

Representative

Kathleen Metcalfe, Esquire
Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams, LLP 331 Butler Avenue
P.O. Box 5069
New Britain, PA 18901

Pro Se

Record Closed: February 3, 2012

Date of Decision: February 17, 2012

Hearing Officer: Brian Jason Ford

Introduction and Procedural History

The Reading School District (“District”) requested this hearing on December 6, 2011, shortly after rejecting the Parent’s request for an independent educational evaluation (IEE) at the District’s expense. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, as amended 2004, 20 U.S.C. § 1400 et seq. (IDEA) and its federal implementing regulationsrequirelocaleducationalagenciestorequestdueprocesshearingswhen 2 rejecting parental requests for IEEs at public expense. See 34 U.S.C. 300.502(b)(2)(i).

For reasons set forth herein, I find that the District’s evaluation was appropriate. Consequently, the District will not be ordered to fund an IEE for the Student.

Issue

The sole issue presented in this due process hearing is whether the District’s speech and language evaluation, contained in a 2011 reevaluation report, is appropriate.

G-R-Reading-ODRNo-2619-1112AS

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