Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education Minutes Re: SPECIAL EDUCATION SETTLEMENTS BETWEEN NOVEMBER 2013 & FEBRUARY 2014 & OAH SPECIAL EDUCATION HEARING CALENDAR MARCH/APRIL 2014

by Barry Fagan
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Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District

Board of Education Meeting

MINUTES

NOVEMBER 2013 TO FEBRUARY 2014

Board of Education Meeting

MINUTES:

Ii Government Code §54956.9(d)(2)

SPECIAL EDUCATION SETTLEMENTS

November 7, 2013

1.

DN-1001-13/14(Special Education)

The substance of settlement agreement in case No. DN-1001-13/14 was as follows:

a) Legal Costs: $16,000

The total cost for this case is not to exceed $16,000. It was moved by Mr. Mechur, seconded by Mr. Patel, and voted 6/0 (Mr. de la Torre was absent) to approve the settlement case.

2.

DN-1002-13/14 (Special Education)

The substance of settlement agreement in case No. DN-1002-13/14

was as follows:

a) Legal Costs: $14,000

The total cost for this case is not to exceed $14,000. It was moved by Mr. Mechur, seconded by Mr. Patel, and voted 6/0 (Mr. de la Torre was absent) to approve the settlement case.

3.

DN-1003-13/14 (Special Education)

The substance of settlement agreement in case No. DN-1003-13/14 was as follows:

a) Legal Costs: $6,500

The total cost for this case is not to exceed $6,500.

It was moved by Mr. Mechur, seconded by Mr. Patel, and voted 6/0 (Mr. de la Torre

was absent) to approve the settlement case.

December 12, 2013

4. DN-1004-13/14 (Special Education)

The substance of settlement agreement in case No. DN-1004-13/14 was as follows:

a) Parent Reimbursement: $38,000

The total cost for this case is not to exceed $38,000. It was moved by Dr. Escarce, seconded by Mr. de la Torre, and voted 7/0 to approve the settlement case.

5.

DN-1006-13/14 (Special Education)

The substance of settlement agreement in case No. DN-1006-13/14 was as follows:

a) Parent Reimbursement: $19,000

The total cost for this case is not to exceed $19,000. It was moved by Ms. Lieberman, seconded by Mr. Allen, and voted 7/0 to approve the settlement case.

January 16, 2014

6. DN-1007-13/14 (Special Education)

The substance of settlement agreement in case No. DN-1007-13/14 was as follows:

a) Parent Reimbursement: $13,600

b) Legal Cost: $15,000

The total cost for this case is not to exceed $28,600. It was moved by Mr. Mechur, seconded by Dr. Escarce, and voted 7/0 to approve the settlement case.

7. DN-1008-13/14 (Special Education)

The substance of settlement agreement in case No. DN-1008-13/14 was as follows:

a)

Parent Reimbursement: $60,000

The total cost for this case is not to exceed $60,000. It was moved by Mr. Mechur, seconded by Dr. Escarce, and voted 7/0 to approve the settlement case.

8. DN-1009-13/14 (Special Education)

The substance of settlement agreement in case No. DN-1009-13/14 was as follows:

a)

Legal Cost: $5,500

The total cost for this case is not to exceed $5,500. It was moved by Mr. Mechur, seconded by Dr. Escarce, and voted 7/0 to approve the settlement case.

February 20, 2014

9. DN-1005-13/14 (Special Education)

The substance of settlement agreement in case No. DN-1005-13/14was as follows:

a)LegalCost: $5,000

b)Parent Reimbursement: $17,789.48

The total cost for this case is not to exceed$ 22,789.48. It was moved by Dr. Escarce, seconded by Ms. Lieberman, and voted 7/0 to approve the settlement case

10. Student vs. SMMUSD, OAH Case No. 2013051152

Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Eileen M. Cohn, determined on December 23,

2013 that the SMMUSD must reimburse parents for all of their tuition costs for a Non-Public School (NPS) along with reimbursement for all tutoring expenses.

These amounts exceed $56,970.99 in tuition reimbursement thus far, and does not include attorneys fees. Attorney’s fees will be significant.

The SMMUSD’s adversarial posturing is costing the SMMUSD hundreds of thousands of dollars and causing unnecessary harm to these families.

OAH SPECIAL EDUCATION - HEARING CALENDAR

FOR THE SANTA MONICA-MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

MARCH 2014 TO APRIL 2014

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