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Compensatory education may be awarded prospectively to students under the age of 21.

Petrina W. v. City of Chicago Public School District, 53 IDELR 259 (N.D. Ill. 2009):  A federal district court ruled that an impartial hearing officer had the ability to award compensatory education to a 19-year-old student with a learning disability.  The court held that the hearing officer incorrectly ruled that “any claim the student may have for compensatory education is not ripe until she turns 22.”  Instead, “compensatory education can be appropriately sought and granted prospectively—that is, before the student has reached the age of 21.”

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