The Pennsylvania State Task Force is charged with ensuring that the mandate and spirit of the Right to Education Consent Agreement are carried out throughout the commonwealth. The Right to Education was launched initially as a statewide education campaign designed to identify and locate school-aged children with mental retardation. The State Task Force now addressess the educational needs of all children with disabilities.

The State Task Force is comprised of representatives from the following agencies:

  • Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Pennsylavania Department of Public Welfare Office of Developmental Programs
  • The ARC of Pennsylvania
  • Governor’s Office of Administration

The State Task Force responds to a system of 29 Local Task Forces (one per intermediate unit). The Local Task Forces serve as advocates in assisting local education agencies in carrying out the Right to Education Consent Agreement.

State Task Force meetings are held bimonthly and are open to the public. All meetings are from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and are held at the PaTTAN offices in Pittsburgh, King of Prussia, and Harrisburg. Meetings are also downlinked to various intermediate units. For more information on meetings, please contact Marty Rist at 800-446-5607 ext. 6830 or visit their website at: