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Pa Right to Education Task Force

Pennsylvania Right to Education Task Force

Parents, professionals, and citizen advocates dedicated to the
education of all school aged children who receive
special education services.

Local Tasks Force's are available to assist and support
students with disabilities and their families.
Meetings are open to the public
You are encouraged to attend and participate.

Local Task Forces (LTF's) were formed more than twenty years ago, to represent the needs and interests of students with mental retardation and their families. Today, most LTF's have expanded their efforts to include all students with disabilities.

Membership in the Local Task Force is determined at the local level, with a 51% majority of parents/consumers required. Each LTF must have representatives from the IU (Intermediate Unit), the local MH/MR (Mental Health/Mental Retardation Office), the local ARC, school district, and parents/consumers. LTF's have the same geographical areas as the Intermediate Unit in their area.

LTF's are actively involved with programs and services for students with disabilities in all 501 school districts across the state, and follow procedures outlined in the handbook developed by the State Task Force.


6.3.1 Make recommendations that assist in improving, strengthening, expanding and
monitoring programs and services for persons covered under MR services.

6.3.2 Advocates for school-aged persons and carries out the letter and spirit of the Right to Education Consent Agreement. (PARC vs. Commonwealth)

6.3.3 Follows the policies, procedures and guidelines outlined by the State Task Force. Reviews recommendations and communications from the State Task Force as a regular agenda item.

6.3.4 Cooperates with direct service provider agencies, both public and private, in
planning for a continuum of programs and services.

6.3.5 Refers problems identified locally to approved private agency or to the State Task Force for clarification, recommendation or solution.

6.3.6 Recommendations to the STF or other approved private groups concerning
solutions to local problems which may have ramifications on a regional or statewide

6.3.7. Trains new members and serves as a vehicle for educating the community.

6.3.8 Review and comments on all intermediate unit and school district Special Education plans and budgets prior to submission to the Department of Education.

6.3.9 Assists the State Task Force in the collection of data to determine the
effectiveness of the Right to Education for individuals who receive MR services.

To reach your Local Task Force call your Intermediate Unit
or call the State Task Force Office at 1-800-692-7275, 717-234-7132
fax at 717-234-7615




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