McAndrews Law Offices Wins Substantial Victory Before
Special Education Hearing Officer
NORTHEASTERN, PA, July 15th, 2015: McAndrews Law Offices, P.C., a firm that focuses its practice on special education and advocating for children with disabilities with offices in Scranton and the Philadelphia region, recently succeeded in a case regarding a student and their right to educational services. Special Education Hearing Officer awarded compensatory education to a student with significant social, emotional, and behavioral needs, despite that the student was achieving academic progress. Indeed, the Hearing Officer noted “that Student excelled academically over the course of the school year is truly remarkable, but that success must be largely attributed to Student’s own motivation and strengths rather than to the provided accommodations.” The Hearing Officer concluded that the District violated its Child Find duties and denied the student a free appropriate public education by failing to evaluate the student pursuant to the IDEA and failing to develop an educational program that addressed the student’s social, emotional, and behavioral needs, which included the teaching of skills that the student lacked.
The Scranton office of McAndrews Law Offices, P.C. is operated by Heather Hulse, J.D., M.S., M.A., who worked extensively on this case. Ms. Hulse is a NEPA native and a shareholder in the firm. On Tuesday, Sep 29th, 2015 at Kings College, the Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) will be hosting two of McAndrews Law Offices’ attorneys, Ms. Hulse and Joe McGettigan, Esq., for a presentation on child abuse. Ms. Hulse will be discussing children’s educational rights in regard to bullying matters and Joe McGettigan, Esq. will speak on his experience prosecuting serial child sex abuser, Jerry Sandusky. Visit www.McAndrewsLaw.com for all of their upcoming events and presentations. McAndrews Law Offices, P.C. offers free consultations for all special education matters. Call 610-648-9300 or 570-969-1817 to set up your appointment.
About: McAndrews Law Offices, P.C. focuses on special education, estate planning, elder law, and the protection of vulnerable victims of abuse with offices throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, and the Washington, D.C. area. The firm was founded in 1983 by Dennis McAndrews, Esq., a native of Moscow, Pennsylvania, and currently has 18 attorneys. For more information, visit www.mcandrewslaw.com .