Student vs. Bethlehem Area School District

PENNSYLVANIA
SPECIAL EDUCATION HEARING OFFICER

DECISION

DUE PROCESS HEARING

Name of Child: Student

ODR #00987/09-10 KE

Date of Birth: Xx/xx/xx

Date of Hearing: May 17, 2010

CLOSED HEARING

Parties to the Hearing:

Bethlehem Area School District 1516 Sycamore Street Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18017

Representative: Pro Se

Lucas Repka, Esquire
King, Spry, Herman, Freund
& Faul
One West Broad Street Suite 700 Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018

Date Transcript Received: May 21, 2010

Date of Decision: May 22, 2010

Hearing Officer: Linda M. Valentini, Psy.D., CHO Certified Hearing Official

Background

The Student1 is an elementary school aged child who resides in the Bethlehem Area School District (hereinafter District). Pursuant to an evaluation conducted by the District, Student’s Parents (hereinafter Parents) asked for an independent educational evaluation (IEE) at public expense, specifically an independent neuropsychological evaluation and an independent speech/language evaluation because they believe the District’s evaluation was inappropriate. The District denied the Parents’ request, and filed for a due process hearing to defend its evaluation.

Issues

Was the School District’s evaluation of Student appropriate?

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