PA Law and Regulations

Chapter 14 and Chapter 711

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The State Board of Education, established by the General Assembly, is the principal administrative regulatory body for elementary/secondary and higher education in the Commonwealth.

In addition to promulgating regulations, the Board has the statutory authority to “adopt broad policies and principles and establish standards governing the educational program of the Commonwealth.”

The special education regulations in Pennsylvania are found under the 22 PA Code Chapter 14 for school districts and Chapter 711 for charter schools.

PA Law and Regulations
  • May05

    New BEC on Graduation Rates for Students with Disabilities

    The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) recently released a new Basic Education Circular (BEC) on the topic of graduation rates for students with disabilities. The Bureau of Special Education (BSE) was the only bureau consulted in the development of this BEC and current special education issues are addressed. It was the intention of the BSE to provide LEAs with a quick reference guide for graduation requirements for students with disabilities. Read more…

  • Mar18

    Clarification of Senate Bill 880 Impact on Schools

    On March 7, 2016 the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) issued a Penn*Link to clarify implications of SB 880. This bill delayed the use of Keystone Exams or the Project Based Assessments as graduation requirements until the 2018-2019 school year. Read More…