Student vs. Scranton City School District

PENNSYLVANIA
SPECIAL EDUCATION HEARING OFFICER

Student

ODR #7981/07-08 LS

Date of Birth: xx/xx/xx

Dates of Hearing October 4, 2007 October 9, 2007 January 24, 2008

CLOSED HEARING

For the Student: Parents

Frederick M. Stanczak, Esq.
Law Offices of Frederick M. Stanczak 179 North Broad Street, 2nd Floor Doylestown, PA 18901

For the School District:

Supervisor of Special Education Scranton City School District 425 N. Washington Avenue Scranton, PA 18503-1305

Harold McGrath, Esq. McGrath Law Office
321 Spruce Street, Suite 600 Scranton, PA 18503

Date Record Closed: February 22, 2008

Date of Decision: March 7, 2008

Hearing Officer: Daniel J. Myers

Background

Student contests the School District’s proposed educational program and placement, arguing that it fails to offer a free and appropriate public education (FAPE.) As an alternative to the School District’s proposal, Student’s parents have secured Student’s acceptance at an Approved Private School. Student seeks compensatory education from January 8, 2007 to the present for FAPE denial, as well as an order directing the School District to fund Student’s enrollment in the APS. For the reasons described below, I find for the Student.

Issues

  • Whether or not the School District’s proposed program and placement is appropriate.
  • Whether or not the School District must fund Student’s enrollment in the APS.
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