RN vs. Marple Newtown School District

DECISION

Child’s Name: R.N.
Date of Birth: [redacted]

Type of Hearing: Closed

Dates of Hearing: August 15, 2006 August 17, 2006 September 14, 2006 September 15, 2006 September 19, 2006 September 20, 2006

Parties:

Parent[s]

School District:

Marple Newtown School District Suite 210
26 Media Line Road
Newtown Square, PA 19073-4696

Representatives:

Maria Gonzalez Calvet, Esquire Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP 1701 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19103

Gina K. DePietro, Esquire Sweet, Stevens, Tucker & Katz 331 E. Butler Avenue
P.O. Box 5069
New Britain, PA 18901

Date Closing Statements Received: October 10, 2005

Date of Decision: October 25, 2006

Hearing Officer Elaine P. Stanko, Esquire

I. BACKGROUND

The student is a [teenaged] who immigrated to the United States from [another country]. [Student] was placed by [the local] Department of Human Services in [redacted], a residential facility located within the Marple Newtown School District (the District). The Parent and the District agree that the Student is eligible for special education services as a student with mental retardation and the other health impairment of intractable epilepsy. Although the Student is in the custody of the [local] Department of Human Services, the Parent’s parental rights have not been terminated. The Parent [speaks another language] and [is] illiterate. The Parent was represented in this matter [redacted].

The Parent disagreed with the IEP developed for the Student and instituted this due process proceeding seeking compensatory education, the inclusion of numerous additional services in the Student’s IEP, and reimbursement for the cost of evaluations and technical assistance by Dr. G. a licensed psychologist, and Dr. F, a licensed psychologist.

III. ISSUE PRESENTED

Is the Student entitled to compensatory education for the 2000 through 2005 school years?

R-N-Marple-Newtown-

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