This month, Berney & Sang secured over $135,000 of compensatory education for a parent and child in federal court. The case, Jada H. v. Pennsylvania Department of Education, arose under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The child was denied a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) while attending a charter school, but the charter school closed without remedying the denial. Therefore, the parent, Jada H., sought relief (compensatory education) from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Berney & Sang helped Jada H. secure the compensatory education. First, the firm represented her in a due process hearing before the Pennsylvania Office of Dispute Resolution. The hearing officer, however, dismissed Jada H.’s IDEA claims. She therefore filed a complaint in federal court (the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania) challenging the hearing officer’s decision. On February 4, 2019, the court ruled for her, vacating the decision and awarding her over $135,000 of compensatory education.
You can read the federal court’s opinion here.