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1 ILLINOIS STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION IMPARTIAL DUE PROCESS HEARING JAMES ISAACSON ) ) Student ) vs. ) Case No. 2008-52 ) CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS ) ) Local School District ) CAROLYN ANN SMARON, Hearing Officer DECISION AND ORDER PROCEDURAL MATTERS By letter dated August 10, 2007, the mother of the student requested the appointment of a due process hearing officer to resolve her dispute with the school district. That letter was received by the school district on August 14, 2007 and forwarded to the Illinois State Board of Education. By letter dated August 27, 2007, CAROLYN ANN SMARON was appointed to serve as the hearing officer. On August 28, 2007, the hearing officer issued a Scheduling Order and a Notice of Prehearing Conference. The parties elected to participate in mediation but were not able to resolve the matters in dispute. The parties requested additional time to pursue settlement and on September 27, 2007, the prehearing conference was postponed and the matter continued to October 10, 2007. On October 10, 2007 the parties advised the hearing officer that they had been unable to resolve the dispute and a prehearing conference was then scheduled for October 18, 2007. The prehearing conference was conducted on October 18, 2007. Both parties submitted prehearing conference disclosures. The school district was represented by CINDY HANSEN and the parents were represented by NEAL A. TAKIFF. On December 12, 2007 counsel for the parents filed a Motion to Compel Observation by Dr. Shana Erenberg and Motion to limit the evidence that the school district could introduce at the hearing. Counsel for the school district filed a response. The hearing officer denied the Motion to limit evidence outright by Preliminary Order issued December 14, 2007. The Motion to Compel Observation or, in the alternative, Motion for Summary Judgment was denied by Preliminary Order issued December 27, 2007.