HC vs. Souderton Area School District

PENNSYLVANIA
SPECIAL EDUCATION HEARING OFFICER

6290/05-06 KE

File Number

H. C.

Child’s Name

Xx/xx/xx

Date of Birth

April 12, April 13, May 15, 2006

Dates of Hearing

Closed

Type of Hearing

For the Student:

Parents

Frederick M. Stanczak, Esq.
Law Offices of Frederick M. Stanczak 179 North Broad Street, 2nd Floor Doylestown, PA 18901

For the Souderton Area School District:

Karen Berk, Supervisor of Special Education
Souderton Area School District 760 Lower Road

Souderton, PA 18964-2311

Karl A. Romberger, Jr., Esq.
Fox, Rothschild, O’Brien & Frankel 1250 South Broad Street, Suite 1000 Lansdale, PA 19446-0431

Dates of Hearing: April 12, April 13, May 15, 2006

Receipt of Last Transcript: May 19, 2005

Date of Decision: June 5, 2006

Hearing Officer: Daniel J. Myers

BACKGROUND

Student is a [teenaged] resident of the Souderton Area School District (School District) who disputes the School District’s proposed educational program and placement for the upcoming 2006-2007 school year and seeks, instead, publicly-funded placement at a private school. Student also seeks compensatory education, alleging that he has been denied a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) since kindergarten. Finally, Student’s parents seek reimbursement of two privately-secured evaluations. For the reasons described below, I will not order publicly-funded placement at a private school. I will, however, order that the School District provide the Orton-Gillingham based instruction that the Private School provides, as well as 660 hours of compensatory education. Finally, I will not order reimbursement of the private evaluations.

ISSUES

  •   Whether or not Student should be placed at a private school for the 2005-2006 school year at public expense?
  •   Whether or not Student is entitled to compensatory education since kindergarten?
  •   Whether or not Student’s parents are entitled to reimbursement of an audiological

    evaluation and a vision evaluation?

H-C-Souderton-Area-ODRNo-6290-05-06KE

 

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