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.


2023-2024  Meetings Date Time
State Task Force Meeting- September     09/20/2023  10AM to 12PM
State Task Force Meeting- November   11/08/2023  10AM to 12PM
State Task Force Meeting-January   01/10/2024  10AM to 12PM
State Task Force Meeting-March   03/20/2024  10AM to 12PM
State Task Force Meeting-May   05/15/2024  10AM to 12PM

*If you are interested in attending a Statewide Task Force Meeting via Zoom Link or Phone, please contact Keith Focht at


 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


   2023 Meeting Minutes

   01/11/2023      State Task Force Meeting-January
   03/15/2023   State Task Force Meetting-March
   05/10/2023   State Task Force Meeting - May
   09/20/2023  State Task Force Meeting - Sept


Keith Focht
State Task Force, Dept of Education
Sharon Kennedy
State Task Force, PaTTAN
Administrative Support
The Office of Developmental Programs
State Task Force DHS Liaison

State Task Force, Arc of PA

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Collaborating Through Communication and Coordination

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