Student vs. Parkland School District

Special Education Hearing Officer


Child’s Name: [REDACTED]

Date of Birth: [REDACTED]

Dates of Hearing: July 16, July 18, July 25, August 13, August 18, 1008


ODR No. 8729/07-08 LS

Parties to the Hearing:

Donna Kapes
5032 Mohawk Drive Schnecksville, PA 18078

Joseph Kapes
146 Briar Lane Weatherly, PA 18255

Robert Thornburg
Director of Student Services Parkland School District 1210 Springhouse Road Allentown, PA 18104-2119

Representative: Pro Se

Pro Se

Joanne D. Sommer, Esq. Eastburn and Gray, P.C. 60 East Court Street Doylestown, PA 18901

Date Record Closed: August 23, 2008

Date of Decision: September 6, 2008

Hearing Officer: Daniel J. Myers


[REDACTED] (Student)1 is a teenage, high-functioning autistic student who has met the School District’s graduation requirements. Student contends that s/he was denied a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) over the last two school years and Student contests the proposed educational program and placement offered by the School District for the upcoming school year. For the reasons described below, I find for the Student.


  • Whether the School District provided FAPE to Student for the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 school years?
  • Whether the School District’s proposed 2008-2008 program and placement is appropriate?

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