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Dispute about St. Charles autistic student’s treatment moved to federal court

Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

GENEVA – A family’s legal battle with St. Charles School District 303 about the treatment of their autistic high school student has moved to federal court.

Sandra and Bogdan Stanek allege teachers at St. Charles North High School failed to follow their son’s individualized education program and created a hostile environment in which he was “humiliated, harassed, retaliated and discriminated against and mentally abused,” according to court documents filed in Kane County in April.

The complaint indicated the Staneks were appealing to the 16th Judicial Circuit Court after a hearing officer with the Illinois State Board of Education dismissed their request for a due process hearing under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

James Casement – an Elgin-based attorney representing the family Wednesday in Kane County court in Geneva – said the case has since transferred to federal jurisdiction because of the nature of their complaint.

He was in court to ask Judge Edward Schreiber to take the case off his docket, he said.

Casement noted he does not represent the Staneks in federal court.

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