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Thursday, December 29, 2011

SRO upholds award of reimbursement

SRO 11-126: Parent placed student at a private school and sought reimbursement. IHO ruled in parent’s favor. SRO affirmed the decision. Of note, the SRO found that the parent’s 10 day notice of intent to seek reimbursement was timely because it was submitted more than 10 days prior to when the student started at the private school.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Improper reduction in related services

The frequency and duration of related services for a particular child is determined by the CSE and is required by law to be indicated on the student’s IEP. The school district must provide special education and related services to a student with a disability in accordance with the student's IEP. A student’s IEP can not be changed outside the CSE process without the express agreement of the parent. Therefore, a school can not reduce the frequency of provision of related services without going through the CSE process unless the school secures the agreement of the parent. It has come to our attention that schools – particularly schools in New York City – have been reducing the frequency of provision of related services without going through the CSE. If this has happened to your child or if you know of someone to whom this has happened, please feel free to contact us.