JS vs. Northwestern Lehigh School District

Pennsylvania
Special Education Hearing Officer

FINAL DECISION AND ORDER

Student’s Name: J.S.
Date of Birth: [redacted]

ODR No. 13350-1213KE

CLOSED HEARING

Parties to the Hearing:

Parents

Northwestern Lehigh School District 6496 Rout 309
New Tripoli, PA 18066

Representative:

Pro Se

Rebecca A. Young, Esquire
King Spry Herman Freund & Faul, LLC One West Broad Street, Suite 700 Bethlehem, PA 18018

Date of Hearing: February 5, 2013

Record Closed: February 10, 2013

Date of Decision: February 26, 2013

Hearing Officer: Brian Jason Ford

Introduction

The Parents1 requested this due process hearing on December 4, 2012. In their Complaint, the Parents allege that the District has not appropriately addressed the Student’s needs, and has not offered an appropriate program or placement. The Parents demand placement in a specialized private school for students with learning disabilities.

After a brief continuance, a hearing convened on February 5, 2013. Oral closing statements were presented at the end of the hearing session, and the record closed upon my receipt of the transcript.

Issues2

  1. HastheDistrictofferedanappropriateIEPtotheStudent?
  2. Has the District implemented the Student’s IEP?
  3. IstheStudententitledtoplacementinaspecializedprivateschoolforstudentswith

    learning disabilities?

J-S-Northwestern-Lehigh-ODRNo-13350-1213KE

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