TS vs. SLIPPERY ROCK AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

HEARING OFFICER DECISION/ORDER
SPECIAL EDUCATION HEARING FOR T.S.
(FILE NO. 7646/06-07 LS)
SLIPPERY ROCK AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Date of Birth: xx/xx/xx
Type of Hearing: Closed
Dates of Hearing: 6/11/2007; 7/10/07; 7/26/07

I. PARTIES TO THE HEARING

PARENTS:

PARENTS’ REPRESENTATIVE:

Pamela Berger, Esquire 434 Grace Street Pittsburgh, PA 15211

DISTRICT CONTACT:

Ms. Lynn Francisco
201 Kiester Road Slippery Rock, PA 16057

DISTRICT’S REPRESENTATIVE:

Thomas Breth, Esquire
Dillon, McCandles. King, Coulter, & Graham L.L.P.
128 West Cunningham Street
Butler, PA 16001

DATE TRANSCRIPT RECEIVED:

7/28/07

HEARING OFFICER:

Dorothy J. O’Shea, Ph.D.

__________________

Signature: Hearing Officer

DATE OF DECISION/ORDER:

8/08/07

HEARING OFFICER DECISION/ORDER

STUDENT v. SLIPPERY ROCK AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

II. BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Student was a xx year old, eligible student during the 2006-2007 school year. On May 17, 2007, Student’s Parents made a due process hearing request, alleging that Student has been denied a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) by the Slippery Rock Area School District (“the District”). His Parents alleged that Student has received inappropriate disciplinary action and has also been discriminated against on the basis of his disability. Student’s Parents contended that he has not received an appropriate reevaluation, and has not received an appropriate Individualized Education Program (IEP) in his least restrictive environment (LRE).

IV. ISSUES

The parties agreed to the hearing issues on the record (NT 22-27):
Did the District educate Student in the least restrictive environment with the appropriate supports

and services?
Did the District offer to Student an adequate evaluation report to support Student’s IEP?
Did the District subject Student to inappropriate disciplinary actions?
Did the District discriminate on the basis of Student’s disability?
Is Student’s current IEP inappropriate because it excludes social skills, communication skills, and a behavior plan?

T-S-SLIPPERY-ROCK-AREA-ODRNo-7646-06-07-LS

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