In December, the United States Department of Education’s Civil Rights Office (OCR) notified Dr. Peter Koehn that his complaints about the treatment of Special Education children met the criteria for an investigation.
Monday night the Harvard School Board dismissed whistle blower Koehn from his position as School Psychologist.
The clinical psychologist, who has hung his shingle out in Crystal Lake at Neal Psychological Specialties (815-477-4727), now intends to help parents of students with disabilities obtain the education that their children deserve.
Koehn complained that Harvard’s school system was discriminating against students in grade, junior high and high school when it changed IEP’s (Individual Education Programs) in the Fall of 2010, which led to a significant change in placement without following appropriate evaluation and placement procedures.
Department of Education Team Leader/Supervisory Attorney Aleeza Strubel stresses in her letter of December 3rd that the opening of an investigation “in no way implies that OCR has made a determination with regard to its merit.”
In a separate letter acknowledging a second Koehn complaint to the same office, Stubel informed him an investigation would be made of his complaint about being subjected “to retaliation after you objected to changes that the junior high school Principal made to students’ Individual Education Program (IEPs) during the summer of 2010. After you raised these objections, the Principal required to participate in a pre-disciplinary meeting on October 20, 2010, with the Superintendent.”