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Decision Dracut School Comm v BSEA Civil Action 09-10966 PBS

Judge Patti Saris, USDJ

Federal Court Decides Dracut Appeal; Agrees transition services were denied but disagrees with suggested relief

U.S. District Court Judge Patti Saris has now ruled on Dracut School District’s appeal of the first two decisions, both of which were favorable to the student.  While disagreeing with the Hearing Officer’s proposed remedy, the Judge strongly supported his ruling that Dracut had denied the student a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) while he attended Dracut High School.  Specifically, Dracut did not: do timely assessments; adequately address the goals in the student’s Vision Statement, create Individual Education Plans (IEPs) with appropriate measurable goals; properly address the student’s pragmatic language deficits; provide adequate vocational services; or provide services reasonably calculated to help the student live independently after high school.    (Description from the Disability Law Center website.)

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