Student vs. Council Rock School District

Pennsylvania
Special Education Hearing Officer

DECISION

Child’s Name: Student

Date of Birth:

Dates of Hearing: 7/31/2009

CLOSED HEARING

ODR No. 10142/08-09 KE

Parties to the Hearing:

Parent: Pro SE

School District: Council Rock School District

The Chancellor Center 30 North Chancellor Street
Newtown, PA 18940

School District Attorney:
Joanne Sommer, Esq. Eastburn and Gray
60 E. Court Street Doylestown, PA 18901

Date of Hearing: July 31, 2009 Date

Record Closed: August 6, 2009

Date of Decision: August 21, 2009

Hearing Officer: Deborah G. DeLauro

INTRODUCTION AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY

Student (Student) 1 is a second grade student in the Council Rock School District (hereinafter “District”). Student’s Parent contends that the reading program provided during the 2008-2009 school year was inappropriate and therefore Student’s Individualized Education Program (hereinafter “IEP) was inappropriate. Parent also complains that the reading program proposed in the IEP for the 2009- 2010 school year is similarly inappropriate. Parent believes that the District has provided a “reading plan” and not a reading program and the only reading program appropriate for Student is the Lindamood Bell Reading Program2. After a due process hearing session and a careful review of the parties’ testimony and evidence, I find for the District for the reasons described below.

ISSUES

Whether the District provided an appropriate IEP to Student for the 2008-2009 school year?
Whether the District’s IEP proposed for the 2009- 2010 school year is appropriate?

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