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Decision Number
457
Book
28
Month
December
Year
2012
In RE
K.S.
Appellant
R.S.
Appellee
CSD and AEA
Summary

Parent argues that the District and Area Education Agency are unwilling or unable to offer her daughter an education appropriate to her current needs. Due to traumatic events which occurred in the student's life, as well as perceived repeated bullying and harassment at school, parent does not believe school officials are acting in the best interest of her daughter.

In Mother's view, student is extremely fragile and is convinced that daughter is not safe at school. Mother feels the District is totally disregarding prior acts of violence against her daughter as well as daughter's well-being. Mother is concerned that daughter will spiral into suicidal risk and self-mutilation. She concluded that removal of her daughter from school was necessary to protect her daughter's life.

Mother seeks reimbursement for the costs of placing student in a private, therapeutic out-of-state boarding school.

District offers evidence that school officials responded promptly and reasonably to allegations of bullying and harassment. District believes school officials acted in good faith to deal effectively with the challenges of providing appropriate social, emotional, and behavioral support for K.S.

ALJ finds the Complainant failed to meet the burden of proof that the District and AEA failed to offer a free appropriate public education to K.S. in a timely manner. Therefore, parent is not entitled to receive reimbursement of the cost of the private placement.