Student vs. Williamsport Area School District

PENNSYLVANIA
SPECIAL EDUCATION HEARING OFFICER

6222/05-06 LS
File Number

Student
Child’s Name

Xx/xx//xxxx
Date of Birth

April 18, 2006
Dates of Hearing

Open
Type of Hearing

For the Student: Mr. and Mrs. Parent

For the Williamsport Area School District:

Dr. Gina McFalls
Director of Special Education Williamsport Area School District 201 W. 3rd Street
Williamsport, PA 17701-6409

Fred A. Holland, Esq.
Murphy, Butterfield & Holland 442 William Street Williamsport, PA 17701

Dates of Hearing: April 18, 2006

Date Record Closed: April 22, 2006

Date of Decision: May 7, 2006

Hearing Officer: Daniel J. Myers

BACKGROUND

Student is a [pre-teenaged] resident of the Williamsport Area School District (School District) with permanent and progressive hearing loss. Her parents seek deaf/hard of hearing counseling for Student, as well as an independent educational evaluation. For the reasons described below, I will not order either counseling or an independent psychoeducational evaluation, but I will order that the School District obtain a limited independent evaluation of any deaf/hard of hearing identity-related concerns.

ISSUES

Whether or not Student’s IEP should include counseling?
Whether or not Student is entitled to an independent educational evaluation?

Student-Williamsport-Area-ODRNo-6222-05-06-LS

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