SPECIAL EDUCATION HEARING OFFICER
DUE PROCESS HEARING
Name of Child: Student
ODR #9419/08-09 AS
Date of Birth: Xx/xx/xx
Dates of Hearing: March 31, 2009 June 8, 2009 August 5, 2009 September 1, 2009
Parties to the Hearing:
Lower Merion School District 301 E. Montgomery Avenue Ardmore, Pennsylvania 19003
Connolly, Jacobson & John
188 North Main Street Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18901
Amy Brooks, Esquire
484 Norristown Road, Suite 100 Blue Bell, Pennsylvania 19422
Date Record Closed: October 6, 2009
Date of Decision: October 19, 2009
Hearing Officer: Linda M. Valentini, Psy.D., CHO
The Student1 is a primary grades aged student who is eligible for special education services under the classification of speech/language impairment. The Student’s Parents unilaterally placed the Student in a private school and requested this hearing seeking tuition reimbursement which the District had denied.
Did the Lower Merion School District fail to offer an appropriate program and placement for Student for the 2008-2009 school year?
If the Lower Merion School District failed to offer an appropriate program and placement for Student for the 2008-2009 school year, was the placement unilaterally chosen by the Parents appropriate?
If the Lower Merion School District failed to offer an appropriate program and placement for Student, and the placement unilaterally chosen by the Parents was appropriate, are there equitable considerations that would remove or reduce the District’s obligation for tuition reimbursement?Student-Lower-Merion-ODRNo-9419-08-09-AS