SE vs. Springfield School District

PENNSYLVANIA
SPECIAL EDUCATION HEARING OFFICER

5793/05-06 KE
File Number

S., E.
Child’s Name

Xx/xx/xx
Date of Birth

10/10/05, 10/20/05
Dates of Hearing

Open
Type of Hearing

For the Student:

Parents

Charles E. Dennison, Esq.
Law Office of Charles E. Dennison 107 Rutgers Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081

For the Springfield School District:

Leroy C. Thompson, Director of Special Education

Springfield School District 111 West Leamy Avenue Springfield, PA 19064

Sharon W. Montanye, Esq. Sweet, Stevens, Tucker & Katz 331 Butler Avenue

P.O. Box 5069
New Britain, PA 18901-5069

Dates of Hearing: October 10 and 20, 2005

Receipt of Transcript: October 25, 2005

Date Record Closed: November 10, 2005

Date of Decision: November 25, 2005

Hearing Officer: Daniel J. Myers

BACKGROUND

Student is a xx year old; tenth grade resident of the Springfield School District (School District) with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and a specific learning disability in written expression. Last year, he attended a private school at public expense as part of a settlement agreement between the parties. This year, the School District has proposed an educational program and placement at its public high school, with which his parents, who prefer that Student remain at the private school at public expense, disagree. For the reasons described below, I find for the School District.

ISSUES

Whether or not the School District’s proposed individualized education program (IEP) is appropriate with respect to, block scheduling and transition planning;

Whether or not the School District has complied with a pendent placement, or settlement, agreement;

Whether or not the School District has provided to Student a completed evaluation report; and
Whether or not the School District has authorized and behaved appropriately with respect to an independent educational evaluation (IEE).

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