The Right to Education Task Force was created in 1972 as part of the P.A.R.C. Consent Agreement that provided for a free, appropriate public education for children with mental retardation. 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.
The Task Force functions as an independent organization of parents and other residents of Berks County who are interested in working with school districts, IU14, and community agencies to further the rights of students with special needs. The primary purpose of the Right to Education Local Task Force is to make recommendations that assist in improving, strengthening, expanding, and monitoring programs and services for school-age children with special needs. It also serves as a vehicle for professional development opportunities according to parent and participant interest.
The Right to Education Task Force meetings are open to the public. The Local Task Force is facilitated by elected officials and the Berks County Intermediate Unit. In addition, the Local Task Force is supported by the 18 Berks County school districts. Information about our meetings and contact information along with other helpful resources can be found on this website link.
Parents of special education students are the mainstay of the Local Task Force. We are required to have a 51 percent parent-consumer membership. Also serving on the Local Task Force are concerned citizens and representatives from: Berks County Intermediate Unit, local school districts, Arc Advocacy Services, and local and regional special education service providers.
Business meetings are followed by a presentation and discussion. All meetings include:
Topics are selected by the Local Task Force members. Suggestions for future topics are warmly welcomed and encouraged. Please consider joining us. All are welcome and meetings are free.
All meetings will be held at the BCIU Main Office Building in the Roosevelt Room with the following schedule:
Networking – 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Meeting – 12:00 – 1:00 p.m
*All meetings are scheduled for in-person with the option to attend virtual. If a decision would be made to hold the meeting virtual only, an email will be shared with the group.
Vacancies: Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary