Special Education Hearing Officer


Child’s Name: Z.B.

Date of Birth: [redacted]

ODR No. 00858-0910 AS


Parties to the Hearing:


Mastery Charter School 35 South 4th Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

Representative: Pro Se

Glenna M. Hazeltine, Esquire
King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul, LLC
One West Broad Street
Suite 700
Bethlehem, PA 18018

Date of Resolution Session April 26, 2010

Date of Hearing: May 12, 2010

Record Closed: May 18, 2010

Date of Decision: May 31, 2010

Hearing Officer: William F. Culleton, Jr., Esquire


Student is an early teen-aged eligible student, who is enrolled in the eighth grade at the Charter School (School). (NT 18-9 to 12.) The Student is identified with Serious Emotional Disturbance. (NT 18-25 to 19-3.) The Parent has requested an Independent Educational Evaluation. (NT 19-6 to 18.)

On or about March 11, 2010, the School filed for due process to defend the appropriateness of its evaluation report. The hearing in this matter commenced on May 12, 2010, and was completed on the same day. The record closed upon receipt of the transcript on May 18, 2010.


  1. Was the District’s June 4, 2009 Evaluation Report appropriate under the standards set forth in the IDEA?
  2. Should the hearing officer order the District to pay for an Independent Educational Evaluation?

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