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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Parents defective notice does not preclude reimbursement

SRO 08-062: Parents prevailed at hearing on reimbursement claim. On appeal, district conceded prong 1 and contested prongs 2 and 3. Of note, the district argued that the parent should be denied reimbursement on equitable grounds for having provided inadequate notice of intent to make a reimbursement claim. SRO Paul Kelly agreed that the parent “failed to state her concerns regarding the proposed public placement and was therefore not in compliance with notification requirements.” But, Kelly excused the violation because the district promptly inquired as to what the parent’s concerns were; the parent left two messages for the district and the district did nothing in response.

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