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Case8:10-cv-01172-DKCDocument1-3Filed05/11/1.0Page1of16
[01THEUNITEDSTATESDISTRICTCOU,RTFORTHEDISTRICTCOURTOF
Maryland
.......aminor,
*
by
his
Guardian,
Laura
1'tIa
*
*
SilverSpring,MD20903Plaintiffs.
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Jerry
D.WEAST
(officially
as),
*
Superimendent,_MontgomeryCountyPublicSchools,
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andMontgomery
CountyBoardof
Education,
*
850HungerfordDrive
Rockville,MD20850
Defendants.
..
"
Co.MPLAfNTFORDECLARATORYANDINJUNCTIVERELIEF
PreliminaryStatement1.ThisisanactionforDeclaratoryJudgmentandInjunctiveReliefdirectingDefendantsMontgomery
CountyPublicSchools("MCl'S")and
M{j:XIllery
County
Board
ofEducation("MCBE")
to
provide
Plaintiff_IIO••
_III_iiI_1Ir
withappropriatespeechandlanguageservicesnecessaryforhimtoreceiveaFreea~¥tropriatePublicEducation("FAPE"),oralternatively,toplace
in
anon-publicschoolwherehecanreceiveappropriate
speech
andlanguage
services
necessary
forhimto
receive
FAPE,as
requiredundertheIndividualswithDisabilitiesEducationAct
("IDEA"),
20
U.S.C.§...1400
et.seq.,andforPlaintiffs'reasonableattorney'sfeesandcosts,includingthefeesandcostsofthisaction.
_.
--
 
Case8:1O-cv-01172-DKCDocument1-3Filed05/1.1/10Page2of16
Jurisdiction
2.ThisCourthasjurisdictionoverthismatterpursuanttoIDEA,20U.S.C.
§§
1400-146I:Section504of
the
RehabilitationActof1973("Section504"),2U.S.C
§§
794:42U.S.C.§§1983("Section1983");and28U.S.C.
§§
1331and1343.DeclaratoryReliefisauthorized
by
28U.S.c.
§§
2201and2202.ThisCourthaspendentjurisdictionpursuantto
MD.CODEA1\TN.EDUC.
§§
8-401
etseq.,
(1996).PlaintiffshaveexhaustedtheiradministrativeremediesandappealtothisCourtfromadecisionofanAdministrativeLawJudge("AU")oftheMarylandOfficeofAdministrative
Hearings,
MSDE-MONT-OT-09-27709(January14,
2010).
M-r.V.
liilil
isanEnglish-onlyspeakingsixyearoldstudent
with
aneducational
Parties
disability.
whois
eligibletoreceivespecialeducationandrelatedspeechlanguageservices,andwhoatalltimesrelevant
to
thisactionhasresidedinMontgomeryCounty~_a)Yland.Hisgreat-auntandGuardian,LauraN"bringsthisaction
/!'It
J,
v.
onl£
behalfandinherown
right
PlaintiffLaura
N_is
a68yearoldnativeofEcuadorandaU.S.Citizen,andwhoatalltimesrelevanttothisaction
has
resided
in
MontgomeryCounty,Maryland.4.JerryD.WeastistheSuperintendentofMCrSand,assuch,isthepublicofficialchargedwiththe
responsibility
for
ensuringthatMCPScomplies
with
federallawastotheeducationofdisabledchildren.Heissuedinhisofficialcapacity.
5.
The
MeBE
isalocaleducationalagencyasdefined
by
20
USc.
§§
1401,and,assuch,receivesfinancialassistancefromtheUnited
Slates
DepartmentofEducation.TheMCBEisresponsibleforcomplyingwithfederallawwithrespecttotheprovisionofa
FArE
toeachdisabledchildinMontgomeryCounty.
£1.'5
FactualAllegations
6.
--r:
is
more
thansix
yearsoldandwasbornonAugust28,2003.7._hasasignificantspeechdisability,particUlarlYvilhrespecttoarticulation,andspeakslikeachildhalfhisage."-'hasalsobeendiagnosedwithAttention
HyperactiGifwrder("ADED").
8.OnMay31,2007,whenwasalmostfour
years
old,theMontgomeryCounty
Child
FindPreschoolScreeningClinicevaluated
a
nddeterminedthareducational,speechlanguageandhi-lingualassessmentswerenecessary.
 
Case8:
10-cv-01172-DKCDocument1-3Filed05/11/10Page3of16
PlaintiffLaura
r.-
met
with
MCPSChildFindofficialValerieMulloonaftertheevaluation.AlthoughPlaintiffLaura~advisedValerieMulloonthatMichael
was
not"bi-lingual"becausehedidn'tspeakSpanish,ValerieMulloonstated~at
it
"wouldn't
hurt"
toconduct
a
bi-lingualassessment
or
toprovide
:&Wit11
ESOLinstructionduringhispre-Kindergartenyearfrom2007-08.9.FollowingtheassessmentsinJuly,2003,MCPSconvenedanIEPmeetingatBroadAcresElementarySchool,SilverSpring,Maryland,onOctober2,2007.SincetheIEPmeetingtookplaceafterthecommencementofthe2007-08schoolyear
and
more
[han90
daysfromtheChildFindPreschoolScreeningClinicevaluation,MCPSviolatedPlaintiffs'proceduralrightsunderCOMAR13A.05.0I.06A.10.SeveraldayspriortotheOctober2
nd
IEPMeeting,MCPS'sspeechlanguagepathologistatBroad&~~auraFuentes,advisedPlaintiffLaura~that,giventheseverityof.'sspeechdisability,shebelieved-shouldreceivemorethanthe
4S
minutesofweeklysmallgroup(3:Istudent-teacherratio)speechlanguageservicesthathewasreceiving.BasedonLauraPuentes'representations,PlaintiffLaura~believedthatheropinionwouldberaisedattheOctober
2
nd
lEP
Meeting.11.DuringtheOctober
2"d
fEP
Meeting,whenPlaintiffLaura~statedthatshe
wantedhernephew,
JoseSierra,toparticipateintheIEPmeeting
by
telephone,MCPSemployeeandBroadAcresPrincipal,MichaelBayewitz,statedthatJoseSierra'sinvolvementinthe
IEP
meetingwasunnecessary,effectivelydiscouraging,dissuadinganddenyingPlaintiffs'righttohaveJoseSierrapresentforthelEPMeeting.
ffV'
12.TheOctober2
1lJ
MCPSIFPteamdeterminedthat~was"delayed"inspeech.DespiteLauraFuentes'previousrepresentationstoPlaintiffLaura~that45minutesofweeklysmaV?roupspeechlanguageserviceswasinsufficienttoaddresstheseverityof~sspeechdisability.theBayewitz-ledIEPTeam(whichincludedLauflt~:es)detemlin~that45~inutes""sufr:Cientandalsodeterrrunedthatshould
receive
weeklymstrucuon
III
ESOLanEnglishprogramforStudent-SpeakersofOtherLanguages.
13.InNovember-December,2007,Plaintiff
Laura
l'1iIIIItPrivately
retainedneuropsychologistVincentCulotta,Ph.D.,andspeechlanguagepathologist,

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