PW vs. Delaware Valley School District

Pennsylvania
Special Education Hearing Officer

DECISION

Child’s Name: PW

Date of Birth:

Dates of Hearing: November 20 and 21, 2008

CLOSED HEARING

ODR No. 9041/08-09 AS

Parties to the Hearing: Parents:

School District:
Maria Farrell, Supervisor of Special Education
Delaware Valley School District 236 Route 6 and 209
Milford, PA 18337-9454

Representative:

Drew Christian, Esq. 801 Monroe Avenue Scranton, PA 18510

School District Attorney:
Andria L. Saia, Esq.
Levin Legal Group
1301 Masons Mill Business Park 1800 Byberry Road

Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006

Date Record Closed: December 15, 2008

Date of Decision: December 20, 2008

Hearing Officer: Daniel J. Myers

INTRODUCTION AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY

Student (Student)1 is a teen-age autistic resident of the Delaware Valley School District (School District). In an earlier case, a hearing officer and appeals panel found that the School District had denied free appropriate public education (FAPE) to Student during the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 school years. In this case, the parties contest the School District’s provision of FAPE to Student during the 2007-2008 school year. For the reasons described below, I find that the School District did deny FAPE to Student for the first half of the school year in the areas of behavioral skills and social skills needs, and I award 132 hours of compensatory education.

ISSUE

Whether the School District provided FAPE to Student for the 2007-2008 school year?

PW-Delaware-Valley-ODRNo-9041-08-09-AS

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