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My idea is to explore how other countries around the world are dealing with education and special education issues. I’d like to see different successful schools, wherever they may be, up close. I’d like to sit down with directors and administrators. I’d like to speak with government officials who keep a pulse on the education affairs of their communities. I want to learn more about education around the globe through speaking with locals, seeing the schools, and shaking hands with the people responsible for implementing the systems. If you know of any outstanding (public or private) special needs schools in other parts of the world, I’d love to hear about them. If you know any education experts from around the world, I’d love to be introduced to them. Please do not hesitate to share your thoughts or ideas. Read more about my mission.

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Monday, November 8, 2010

SRO 10-066

Appeal No. 10-066 deals with a number of issues but mainly the issue of pendency.  The parents in this case had placed their child at the Rebecca School as of September 2007 and through the 2008-2009 school year.  An impartial hearing decision held that the Rebecca School was appropriate for the 2008-2009 school year (making it the "pendency placement").  The child then remained there through the 2009-2010 school year because the site recommended by the DOE was not a special class in a specialized school and, therefore, did not match the program recommended by the CSE and was not appropriate.  The SRO upheld the determination of the impartial hearing officer who ordered the school district to reimburse the parents for their son's tuition at the Rebecca School for the 2009-2010 school year.   

SRO Munoz also reiterated an important point regarding recoupment by the school district for money expended during pendency proceedings (which has was discussed on this Blog in a previous post re Recoupment), stating that "the current prevailing caselaw prohibits the district from recoupment of payments made pursuant to pendency" regardless of whether it is determined that the school district offered FAPE