Local Task Force
The Local Task Force serves in a support and advocacy role to protect the rights of students with special needs, encourages the cooperation among public and private agencies; accentuate progress, and act as a catalyst for enhancing collaboration in education.
The Local Task Force considers problems brought to its attention by its members and identifies system-wide issues that affect the education of all students. The Task Force investigates these issues and recommends solutions as well as provides speakers and presentations to address areas of concern.
History of the Local Task Force
In 1972, a consent agreement was made between the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Association for Retarded Citizens (PARC) regarding public education for students with intellectual disabilities. The State and Local Task Forces were convened as part of that agreement to help assure that the intent and spirit of the Right to Education Consent Decree was carried out. In 1975, Public Law 94-142 was passed, which guarantees all children with disabilities a free, appropriate, public education in the least restrictive environment.
Duties of the Task Force
The duties of the Local Task Force include:
- Assist local administration in carrying out the rules and regulations growing out of the Right to Education Consent Decree
- Assist parents of students with special needs in understanding the law/regulations that affect their rights and help develop an appropriate educational program for students with special needs
- Review recommendations of the State Task Force and advise local administration of any recommendations which should be adopted or implemented in the Central Intermediate Unit 10 area
- Encourage cooperation with public and private agencies which provide service to school age children with special needs
- Identify local needs and problems and develop recommendations for consideration by appropriate agencies
- Recommend solutions to problems/areas of concern as identified or brought to the attention of the task force
- Advise on the best methods of informing the community about programs for students with special needs
- Assist the State Task Force in the collection of data to determine the effectiveness of the Right to Education Consent Agreement
Parents, representatives of agencies serving people with disabilities, representatives of agencies advocating for people with disabilities, and educators are all eligible to become members of the Local Task Force. According to the Consent Decree, there should be a parent majority on the committee. Interested parents are critical to the membership to keep the Local Task Force effective. Our members are from Centre, Clearfield, and Clinton Counties.
All meetings of the Local Task Force are open to the public. Anyone wishing to present oral testimony at a Local Task Force meeting must contact the Chairperson to make those arrangements.
Meeting dates and times can be found in the documents below.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ryan Gill – firstname.lastname@example.org.