Student vs. Canton Area School District

Pennsylvania
Special Education Hearing Officer

Child’s Name: [REDACTED]

Date of Birth: XX/XX/XXXX

Dates of Hearing: June 30, July 1, July 2, 2009

CLOSED HEARING
ODR# 9811/08-09 KE

Parties to the Hearing: Parents: [REDACTED]

School District:
Allison Polly, Support Services Supervisor Canton Area School District
139 E. Main Street
Canton, PA 17724-1698

Representatives
Parent Representative:
Judith Gran, Esq.
PILCOP – Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia
125 South 9th Street, Suite 700 Philadelphia, PA 19107

School District Attorney:
Sharon W. Montanye, Esq. Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams 331 Butler Avenue
P.O. Box 5069
New Britain, PA 18901-5069

Date Record Closed: July 23, 2009

Date of Decision: August 1, 2009

Hearing Officer: Daniel J. Myers

INTRODUCTION AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY

[REDACTED], (Student),1 a [REDACTED] year old [high school]-grade student in the Canton Area School District (District) initiated this action on March 11, 2009, to contest the District’s proposal that Student receive a residential full-time hearing support program at the [REDACTED] State School for the Deaf (State School). The District contends that it cannot provide a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) closer to Student’s home. Because the District has not sufficiently considered specially designed instruction, related services, supplementary aids and services, and support for school personnel that might enable a less restrictive placement, I find for the Student.

ISSUE

Whether the District’s proposed program and placement is appropriate?

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