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.


2022-2023 Meeting Date Time
State Task Force Meeting- September       09/21/2022 10AM to 12PM
State Task Force Meeting- November 11/02/2022 10AM to 12PM
State Task Force Meeting- January      01/11/2023 10AM to 12PM
State Task Force Meeting- March      03/15/2023 10AM to 12PM
State Task Force Meeting- May     05/10/2023 10AM to 12PM

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2022-2023 Meeting Minutes

01/12/2022     State Task Force Meeting- January      
03/16/2022    State Task Force Meeting- March      
05/11/2022     State Task Force Meeting- May       
09/21/2022    State Task Force Meeting- September  
11/02/2022     State Task Force Meeting-November (Draft)



Jessica Capitani
State Task Force, Arc of PA
Consumer Representative

Keith Focht
State Task Force, Dept of Education

Sharon Kennedy
State Task Force
Administrative Support

Gary Smith
The Office of Developmental Programs
State Task Force DHS Liaison


2022-23 State Task Force Contacts by IU Region

BSE Points of Contact List 2022-22  Updated April 2022