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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Pendency does not absolve the district of obligation to develop IEP

SRO 08-026: SRO found that district was not relieved of its obligation to develop an IEP during the course of hearing. SRO Paul Kelly rejected the district's contention that it did not have to develop an IEP for the student because he was receiving services through pendency. Kelly noted that “[c]onducting CSE meetings and formulating and offering new IEPs during the course of pending litigation is not prohibited under the IDEA provided that there is adherence to pendency requirements (Letter to Watson, 48 IDELR 284 [OSEP 2007]; see Application of a Child with a Disability, Appeal No. 07-122).”

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