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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

NYS SRO Paul Kelly continues the trend of reversing parent friendly hearing officer decisions

In the most recent batch of posted SRO decisions, SRO Paul Kelly continued his extraordinarily harsh treatment of parents and kids and his disrespect for hearing officers, by reversing every IHO reimbursement decision favorable to parents.

SRO 08-018: Kelly jumped through hoops to reverse a hearing officer’s award of reimbursement to a parent for a private school placement.

SRO 08-029: Kelly reversed IHO award of reimbursement to parent finding that district program was appropriate, that Kildonan was "inappropriately restrictive"(i.e. kid did not need residential) and that Kildonan did not address the child’s social skills deficits.

SRO 08-021: Not surprisingly, Kelly affirmed IHO denial of reimbursement based upon parent failure on prong 2.