LJ vs. Coatesville Area School District

Pennsylvania
Special Education Hearing Officer

DECISION

Student’s Name: L.J.

Date of Birth: [redacted]

ODR No. 3402-1213KE

CLOSED HEARING

Parties to the Hearing:

Parent

Coatesville Area School District 545 East Lincoln Highway Coatesville, PA 19320-5404

Representative:

Michael J Connolly Esq. Connolly, Jacobson & John LLP 99 Lantern Drive, Suite 202 Doylestown, PA 18901

Stephanie DiVittore Esq. One South Market Square, 12th Floor PO Box 1146 Harrisburg, PA 17108

Dates of Hearing: 11/28/2012, 12/10/2012, 12/12/2012, 01/22/2013, 04/19/2013.

Record Closed: May 13, 2013

Date of Decision: May 28, 2013

Hearing Officer: Brian Jason Ford

Introduction/Issues

This matter arises under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, as amended, 20 U.S.C. § 1400 et seq. (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 701 et seq. (Section 504). The Parent claims that the Student was denied a free appropriate public education (FAPE) between July 23, 2010 and January 3, 2012. The Parent claims that the District violated the IDEA’s Child Find provisions by failing to propose an evaluation when the District should have suspected the Student had a disability. The Parent further claims that the Student’s evaluations, IEPs, and substantive programs and placements were all inappropriate until the District placed the Student in the approved private school (APS) that the Student currently attends. The Parent demands compensatory education as a remedy.

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