PM vs. Centennial School District

PENNSYLVANIA
SPECIAL EDUCATION HEARING OFFICER

DECISION
DUE PROCESS HEARING

Name of Child: P.M.

ODR #13990/12-13 AS

Date of Birth:

[redacted]

Date of Hearing: August 2, 2013

CLOSED HEARING

Parties to the Hearing: Parents

Centennial School District 433 Centennial Road Warminster, PA 18974

Representative: Pro Se

Anne Hendricks, Esquire
1301 Masons Mill Business Park 1800 Byberry Road
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006

Date Record Closed: August 7, 2013

Date of Decision: August 19, 2013

Hearing Officer: Linda M. Valentini, Psy.D., CHO Certified Hearing Official

Background

Student1 is an early teen-aged student who just finished 7th grade in one of the District’s middle schools. Student is eligible for special education pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act [IDEA] under the classifications of Emotional Disturbance and Specific Learning Disability [Math], and consequently is a protected handicapped individual under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 [Section 504], as well as the federal and state regulations implementing those statutes.

The District has determined that Student requires placement in an out-of-district Approved Private School [APS] to receive a free appropriate public education [FAPE]. The Parent2 maintains that the Student should remain in the District’s school and that an APS is not an appropriate placement.

For the reasons below, I find for the Parent.

Issue

What is the appropriate placement for Student at this time?

P-M-Centennial-ODRNo-13990-12-13-AS

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