Former student, parents allege Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District did not provide appropriate education

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 10, 2018

LOS ANGELES – The parents and a former student of a Santa Monica school district are challenging a decision made by the Office of Administrative Hearings regarding the student's education.

Emily Kilroy, Lynn Kilroy and Robert Kilroy filed a complaint on June 18 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District over alleged violation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

According to the complaint, Emily Kilroy was a disabled student under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and attended school in the defendant's district. The suit states the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) rendered a decision between the plaintiffs and defendant in March that the plaintiffs allege erroneously determined that the district had proposed an offer that was a free appropriate public education for Emily Kilroy for the 2016-2017 academic year.

The plaintiffs are appealing this decision over allegations the defendant failed to provide Emily Kilroy a free appropriate public education through special education and related services.

The plaintiffs seek disbursements, costs, expenses, attorneys' fees, expenses, and order such other and further relief as may be just and proper. They are represented by Valerie Vanaman, Eric Menyuk and David W. German of Newman Aaronson Vanaman LLP in Sherman Oaks.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 2:18-cv-05411-GW-KS

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