SF vs. West Chester Area School District

Pennsylvania
Special Education Hearing Officer

FINAL DECISION AND ORDER

Student’s Name: S.F.

Date of Birth: [redacted]

ODR No. 16552-1516AS

CLOSED HEARING

Parties to the Hearing: Parent[s]

West Chester Area School District 829 Paoli Pike
West Chester, PA 19380-4551

Representative:

Pro se

Sharon Montanye Esq.
Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams PO Box 5069, 331 Butler Avenue New Britain, PA 18901

Date of Hearing: 07/24/2015

Record Closed: 08/14/2015

Date of Decision: 08/21/2015

Hearing Officer: Brian Jason Ford

Introduction

This special education due process hearing was requested by the West Chester Area School District (District) to determine whether F.F. and J.F. (Parents) are entitled to an independent educational evaluation (IEE) at public expense. The Parents are parents of S.F., who is a child with disabilities. For reasons explained below, I find that the District is not required to pay or reimburse the Parents for an IEE.

I note that the Parents represented themselves without an attorney. I avoid legal terminology as much as possible, and try to explain it when it cannot be avoided.

Issue

Is the District required to pay for an IEE?

S-F-West-Chester-Area-ODRNo-16552-1516AS

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