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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Court reverses SRO denial of reimbursement claim and holds that late notice warrants reduction rather than denial

WOOD v. KINGSTON CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT (N.D.N.Y. 9-29-2010): Parent placed child at the Kildonan School and sought tuition reimbursement. Parent prevailed at hearing. SRO reversed on the equities finding that the parent’s notice to the District of their dissatisfaction with the IEP and intent to enroll the child in Kildonan was untimely. The District Court held that the fact that the parent had provided notice of intent to make a reimbursement claim 5, rather than 10, business days prior to the start of the school year at Kildonan, warranted a 10% reduction in the award of reimbursement rather than denial of reimbursement.

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