State Task Force

On May 5, 1972, the Federal District Court for Eastern Pennsylvania made final the order, injunction, stipulation and consent agreement in the suit filed by the Pennsylvania Association for Retarded Children (PARC), currently The Arc of Pennsylvania, against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Secretary of the Department of Education, the State Board of Education, the Secretary of the Department of Public Welfare and all their instrumentalities on behalf of 13 Children with mental retardation who had been denied access to a free public program of education and training PARC v. Comm. of Pa. 343 F. Supp. 279 (1972). The agreement mandated the development of a Commonwealth Plan for the Identification, Location and Evaluation of Mentally Retarded Children (COMPILE), and Commonwealth Plan for the Education and Training of Mentally Retarded Children (COMPET) as well as the establishment of due process procedures. These documents were developed through the coordinated effort of the Pennsylvania Departments of Education and Public Welfare and Association for Retarded Children (PARC). They were reviewed for contents and approved. COMPILE provided for the establishment of a state task force and 29 local task forces (one in each intermediate unit) whose primary purpose is to insure that the intent and spirit of the Right to Education Consent Agreement is carried out throughout the commonwealth.


2020-2021 Meetings




Links to Meetings*

State Task Force Meeting- March 03/17/2021 10AM to 12PM Updates from the PEAL Center  
State Task Force Meeting- May 05/12/2021 10AM to 12PM Students with IEPs and School Police
(rights and responsibilities. Best Practices)


2021-2022 Meetings




Links to Meetings*

State Task Force Meeting- September       09/22/2021 10AM to 12PM TBA  
State Task Force Meeting- November 11/03/2021 10AM to 12PM TBA  
State Task Force Meeting- January      01/12/2022 10AM to 12PM TBA  
State Task Force Meeting- March      03/16/2022 10AM to 12PM TBA Zoom Link
State Task Force Meeting- May     05/11/2022 10AM to 12PM TBA Zoom Link




*If you are interested in attending a Statewide Task Force Meeting via Zoom Link or Phone:

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Phillip Rosenbauer
State Task Force, Arc of PA

Devon Grant
State Task Force, Governor's Office

Keith Focht
State Task Force, Dept of Education ~ Chairperson


Sharon Kennedy
State Task Force, Administrative Support

Kevin Burrell
The Office of Developmental Programs
State Task Force Liaison



State Task Force Meeting Minutes:

2021-22 State Task Force Contacts by IU Region - link


BSE Points of Contact List 2020-21 (Updated 2/21) 


State Task Force Information and PowerPoint: