Special Education Hearing Officer
Child’s Name: I.Q.
Date of Birth: [redacted]
Dates of Hearing:
June 2, 2014 June 3, 2014 June 4, 2014 June 24, 2014 June 25, 2014
ODR Case # 14777-1314AS
Parties to the Hearing: Parent[s]
Allentown School District 31 South Penn Street Allentown, PA 18105
Joshua Kershenbaum, Esq. 1230 County Line Road Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Rebecca Young, Esq.
One West Broad Street / Suite 700 Bethlehem, PA 18018
Date Record Closed: July 14, 2014
Date of Decision: August 5, 2014
Hearing Officer: Jake McElligott, Esquire
INTRODUCTION AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
[Student] (“student”) is a [teenaged] student residing in the Allentown School District (“District”) who has been identified as a student with a disability under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA)1. The student has been identified under the terms of IDEA as a student with deafness/hard of hearing. Throughout the student’s educational history, the student has attended a hearing support program staffed by the local intermediate unit (IU) provided support for students with deafness/hard of hearing. At times, this IU program has been housed in District schools and at other times, including the most recent and upcoming school years, housed in a neighboring school district.
In February 2014, the District recommended that the student attend a District school where the District would directly provide services for deafness/hard of hearing. Parent objected to the District-based placement, arguing that the student should remain in the IU-operated placement in the neighboring school district.
For the reasons set forth below, I find in favor of the District although there will be a directive to the student’s individualized education plan (IEP) team regarding a particular matter.
Are the District-based program and placement appropriate for the student?I-Q-Allentown-ODRNo-14777-1314AS