SM vs. Wissahickon School District

Special Education Hearing Officer


Child’s Name: S.M.

Date of Birth: [redacted]

Date of Hearing: April 30, 2014


ODR Case # 14661-1314AS

Parties to the Hearing: Parent[s]

Wissahickon School District 601 Knight Road
Ambler, PA 19002

Representative: Pro Se

Scott Wolpert, Esq. Timoney Knox
400 Maryland Drive P.O. Box 7544

Fort Washington, PA 19034

Date Record Closed: April 30, 2014

Date of Decision: May 14, 2014

Hearing Officer: Jake McElligott, Esquire


Student is an early teen-aged student residing in the Wissahickon School District (“District”). The District seeks to perform an initial comprehensive evaluation to see if the student should be identified as a student with a disability under both the federal Individuals with Disabilities in Education Improvement Act of 2004 (“IDEA”) and Pennsylvania special education regulations (“Chapter 14”)1. Parents are resistant to the District’s requests seeking permission to evaluate the student. Consequently, the District sought special education due process for authority to proceed with the evaluation process.

For the reasons set forth below, I find in favor of the District.


Should the District be authorized to proceed with an evaluation process involving the student?


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