LM vs. Director of Student Services

LM

Child’s Name

Xx/xx/xx

Date of Birth

8441/07-08

ODR File Number

April 15, 2008, May 28, 2008, June 4, 2008

Dates of Hearing

(Record Closed June 16, 2008) Closed Hearing

Parties to Hearing Parents

Parent Representative Frederick Stanczak, Esq. 179 North Broad Street Doylestown, PA 18901

School District
Director of Student Services 2040 Washington Blvd. Easton, PA 18042-3890

District Representative
Jennifer Donaldson, Esq.
Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams 3331 E. Butler Ave.
PO Box 5069
New Britain, PA 18901

Date Transcripts Received: April 28, 2008, June 4, 2008, June 9, 2008

Date of Decision June 23, 2008

Kenneth Rose Hearing Officer

Background

The student is an elementary age student residing in the school district. Student is an eligible student identified with a Specific Learning Disability (SLD) in reading and written expression. Also, Student has Speech/Language (SL) needs.

The student attended a parochial full-day kindergarten. The parents repeated the student in the school district kindergarten due to their concerns about Student’s academic progress. Student received Instructional Support Team (IST) in kindergarten and until Student was identified in first grade as having a SLD. The parents withdrew the student at the start of second grade and placed Student in [redacted] School, a private school for children with learning disabilities and learning needs. The parents seek tuition reimbursement for the placement from January 1, 2008 forward.

By way of a settlement agreement the parents waived claims prior to January 1, 2008.

Issues

1. Is the IEP of June 7, 2007 appropriate in the areas of reading, writing, speech and language and auditory processing?

2. Is the IEP proposed on February 8, 2008 timely and/or appropriate in the areas of reading, writing, speech, language and auditory processing needs?

3. Are the parents entitled to tuition reimbursement from January 1, 2008 to the end of the school year?

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