SPECIAL EDUCATION HEARING OFFICER
ODR File No.: 8154/07-08 AS
School District: Haverford Township
Type of Hearing: Open
For the Student:
David J. Berney, Esq.
8 Penn Center
1628 JFK Boulevard, Suite 1000 Philadelphia, PA 19103
For the School District:
Haverford Township School District 1801 Darby Road
Havertown, PA 19083-3729
Natalie M. Habert, Esq. BeattyLincke
2 West Market Street, 6th Floor West Chester, PA 19383
Due Process Hearing Request Date: October 1, 2007
Hearing Dates: November 16, 21, 27, 30, December 5, 17, 2007
Date Record Closed: January 4, 2008
Decision Date: January 14, 2008
Hearing Officer: Daniel J. Myers
Student is a xx year old 4th grade child with autism who contends that she has been denied FAPE while attending an approved private school for the last four years. She also contends that the School District’s proposed program and placement in an intensive learning support classroom at one of its public schools is not the least restrictive environment appropriate. For the reasons described below, I find that Student has been denied FAPE for nearly three of her four years at the APS, and I agree that the School District’s proposed program and placement does not meet its LRE requirements.
Whether the School District has provided a free and appropriate public education to Student in the past?
Whether the School District’s proposed program and placement is appropriate?