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No violation of Child Find

Topic: Special Education, Decided by Judge Schroer 
Docket Number: 1810680 , Decision Date: 2018-01-22 
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Although the District could have acted with more urgency, it did not violate the Child Find provisions of IDEA, which require it to identify and evaluate a child with a suspected disability within a reasonable amount of time.

Psychologist not required at IEP meeting

Topic: Special Education, Decided by Judge Schroer 
Docket Number: 1814155 , Decision Date: 2018-01-22 
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IDEA does not require psychologist to attend IEP meetings to discuss psychoeducational evaluation results.

No jurisdiction to enforce resolution agreement

Topic: Special Education, Decided by Judge Schroer 
Docket Number: 1810683 , Decision Date: 2017-11-03 
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OSAH does not have jurisdiction to enforce a Resolution Agreement reached through the State Complaint process.

School district ordered to hire consultant to develop, oversee child’s educational program.

Topic: Special Education, Decided by Judge Miller 
Docket Number: 1600119 , Decision Date: 2016-01-05 
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Petitioner, an autistic child receiving special education services, was not offered a free appropriate public education (FAPE), as guaranteed under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA).  First, the school district’s staff improperly relied upon the results of invalid functional behavioral assessments, failed to [..] Read More..

Federal court upholds OSAH judge’s decision that a school district’s evaluation did not fulfill IDEA requirements.

Topic: Special Education, Decided by Judge Baxter 
Docket Number: 1419673 , Decision Date: 2014-06-03 
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Parents of a special needs child obtained an independent functional assessment after they determined that the school district’s evaluation was inappropriate.  After the parents sought reimbursement for the evaluation, the school district appealed, arguing that its assessment was appropriate.  Judge Baxter granted the parents’ request [..] Read More..

Parent not entitled to independent educational evaluation at public expense.

Topic: Special Education, Decided by Judge Kennedy 
Docket Number: ***** , Decision Date: 2015-06-08 
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After the school district’s speech language pathologist determined after evaluation that a student may not benefit from continued speech therapy, the student’s parent requested an independent evaluation to be conducted at public expense.  However, the parent was not entitled to a second publicly-funded evaluation because [..] Read More..

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