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.


Events Date Time Topic Locations and Zoom LINKs

State Task Force Meeting- September             

9/23/2020           10AM to 12PM          TBA              Zoom Link TBA
State Task Force Meeting- November 11/04/2020 10AM to 12PM


Zoom Link TBA
State Task Force Meeting- January 01/13/2021 10AM to 12PM TBA Zoom Link TBA
State Task Force Meeting- March 03/17/2021 10AM to 12PM TBA Zoom Link TBA
State Task Force Meeting- May 05/12/2021 10AM to 12PM TBA Zoom Link TBA




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

2020-21 State Task Force Contacts by IU Region - here


State Task Force Meeting Minutes:
January 2019 Minutes

2019-2020 State Task Force Contacts:



State Task Force Information and PowerPoint: