RIGHT TO EDUCATION LOCAL TASK FORCE 23 of Montgomery County
Right to Education Local Task Force 23 of Montgomery County
The Right to Education Local Task Force 23 of Montgomery County is a parent majority organization that works collaboratively with representatives from school districts, county mental health/developmental disabilities office, intermediate unit, and the local Arc offices to address individual and systemic issues affecting students receiving Special Education services.
The purpose of the LTF is to strengthen, improve and monitor programs, services and parent satisfaction in Montgomery County. The Local Task Force provides workshops on topics of interest in Special Education that are open to the public.
What to expect at a meeting
Each Local Task Force meets no less than five times per year. Our meetings are free and include:
- Parent Input
- Communication with local school districts and community providers
- Dissemination of resources
- Discussions and presentations on current issues within local special education
- Refer systemic issues identified locally to the appropriate intermediate unit, LEA, local agency, Bureau of Special Education Adviser, or to the State Task Force chairperson for clarification, recommendation or resolution.
- Make recommendations that assist in improving and strengthening services for school-age children with disabilities.
WE INVITE YOU TO BE INVOLVED WITH OUR RIGHT TO EDUCATION LOCAL TASK FORCE. WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO HIGHLIGHT THE POSITIVES AND VOICE YOUR CONCERNS ABOUT SPECIAL EDUCATION ISSUES IN YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. PLEASE EMAIL US AT: email@example.com
In the event of inclement weather resulting in a 2-hour delayed opening for the MCIU, the LTF meeting will be canceled.
2022 Meeting Schedule
OCTOBER 12, 2021
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Understanding Your Rights in Special Education
DECEMBER 14, 2021
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Social-Emotional Well-being for Students After the Pandemic
FEBRUARY 8, 2022
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Early Intervention Transition Points from County Program (0-3), to MCIU (3-5) and to School Age (K-12)
APRIL 12, 2022
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Office for Dispute & Resolutions
MAY 10, 2022
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Inclusive Practices, Elections and Future Planning
Parents are important and meaningful members of the Local Task Force. Membership of the task force must consist of 51 percent consumers (parent, guardian or surrogate of school-age children with disabilities).
Persons are eligible for membership upon attending 2 LTF meetings of the current school year.
Also serving on the Right to Education Local Task Force 23 of Montgomery County are concerned citizens and representatives from:
- Montgomery County Intermediate Unit
- Local school districts
- The Arc Alliance
- ODP & Office of Mental Health
- Local and regional special education service providers
- Assist families and professionals of school-aged students with special education needs by providing educational and networking opportunities so that they are able to make informed decisions to meet the needs of the students.
- Help disseminate local, regional, state, school, and community-based special education services, seminars, and informational opportunities to the community.
- Identify local needs and systemic issues and forward them to the State Task Force.
- Assess services and programs for school-age children with special needs, making recommendations for their improvement, expansion or discontinuation.
- Foster collaboration amongst public and private agencies which provide special education services.
- Recommend solutions for identified areas of concern and develop an action plan to affect positive change.
- Assist the administration in carrying out the rules and regulations growing out of the Right To Education Consent Agreement.
- Review Intermediate Unit and District Special Education Plans and make recommendations that will help assure that they meet the needs of school-age children with special needs.
PARC V. COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
On January 7, 1971, several children with mental disabilities, by and through their parents, filed this class-action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the State Board of Education and several named school districts. The plaintiffs, represented by counsel from the Pennsylvania Association for Retarded Children (PARC), sought declaratory and injunctive relief, claiming that certain state laws unconstitutionally denied a free publicly funded education to children with mental disabilities. Specifically, the plaintiffs claimed that the named school districts unfairly classified certain students as “uneducable and untrainable,” and also denied public education to students who did not reach the mental capacity of a 5-year-old by the time they turned 8 years old.
On October 8, 1971, the Court entered a consent decree agreed to by the parties, which declared several state laws unconstitutional, and required the state to evaluate and place all students with mental disabilities ages 6-21 in a proper publicly funded educational setting. PARC v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 334 F.Supp. 1257 (E.D. Pa. 1971). The Court appointed a monitor and retained jurisdiction for enforcement of the consent decree. On May 5, 1972, the parties made minor adjustments to the consent decree without changing its basic framework. PARC v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 343 F.Supp. 279 (E.D. Pa. 1972).
As part of the adjustments to the consent decree, the Right to Education Consent Agreement of 1972 provided for the establishment of a Local Task Force (LTF) in each of the 29 Intermediate Units. The primary purpose of the LTF is to ensure that the intent and spirit of the Right to Education Consent Agreement is carried out throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In 1975, the Right to Education was extended by state regulations to include learning disabilities, physical handicaps, emotional difficulties and hearing, visual, speech and language impairment.
Right to Education Local Task Force 23 Handbook
Please view our Procedural Safeguards Notice.
Procedural Safeguards Organizations:
THE ARC OF PENNSYLVANIA
301 Chestnut Street, Suite 403
Harrisburg, PA 17101
BUREAU OF SPECIAL EDUCATION’S CONSULTLINE, A PARENT HELPLINE
ConsultLine personnel are available to parents and advocates of children with disabilities or children thought to be disabled to explain federal and state laws relating to special education; describe the options that are available to parents; inform the parents of procedural safeguards; identify other agencies and support services; and describe available remedies and how the parents can proceed.
DISABILITIES RIGHTS NETWORK
1414 North Cameron Street
Harrisburg, PA 17103
800-692-7443 (Toll-Free Voice)
HISPANOS UNIDOS PARA NIÑOS EXCEPCIONALES (PHILADELPHIA HUNE, INC.)
OFFICE FOR DISPUTE RESOLUTION
6340 Flank Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17112-2764
800-222-3353 (Toll free in PA only)
TTY Users: PA Relay 711
The Office for Dispute Resolution administers the mediation and due process systems statewide, and provides training and services regarding alternative dispute resolution methods.
PARENT EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY LEADERSHIP CENTER (PEAL)
1119 Penn Avenue, Suite 400
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
866-950-1040 (Toll Free)
PUBLIC INTEREST LAW CENTER OF PHILADELPHIA
United Way Building
1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Second Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
PENNSYLVANIA BAR ASSOCIATION
100 South Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
THE PENNSYLVANIA TRAINING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE NETWORK (PaTTAN)
King of Prussia 800-441-3215
STATE TASK FORCE ON THE RIGHT TO EDUCATION
3190 William Pitt Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
1-800-446-5607 ext. 6828
Local Task Force
Montgomery County Family Network
- Montgomery County Family Network Flyer
- Family Mentor Virtual Drop-in Office Hours
- Family Mentor Support Group
Montgomery County Office of Developmental Disabilities
State and County Services & Information
- Mental Health Services – How to get services in Montgomery County
- Right to Education State Task Force
The Arc Alliance
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
PARENT GROUP LINKS
Abington School District
Abington School District Special Education Families (Facebook Group)
Cheltenham School District
Special education Alliance of Cheltenham | SEAC (Facebook Group)
Colonial School District
Hatboro-Horsham School District
School District of Jenkintown
Lower Merion School District
The Lower Merion Committee for Special Education
Lower Moreland Township School District
Methacton School District
Norristown Area School District
North Penn School District
North Penn Parents Special Education Alliance (Facebook Group)
Perkiomen Valley School District
Pottsgrove School District
The Pottsgrove Village
Pottstown School District
Souderton Area School District
School District of Springfield Township
Spring-Ford Area School District
Upper Dublin School District
Special Education Advisory Council (SPEAC) to the School District of Upper Dublin (Facebook Group)
Upper Merion Area School District
Upper Merion Special Education Parent Resource & INterest Group (UM SPRING) (Facebook Group)
Upper Moreland Township School District
Upper Perkiomen Township School District
Wissahickon School District
Wissahickon Special Education Parents (Facebook Group)
CHAIRS & CO-CHAIRS:
North Penn Parent
Director of Pupil Services, Pottsgrove
Assistant Director of Special Education
Past Meeting Documents
October 2021 | Understanding Your Rights in Special Education
December 2021 | Social-Emotional Well-being for Students After the Pandemic
February 2022 | Early Intervention Transition Points from County Program (0-3), to MCIU (3-5) and to School Age (K-12)