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PARENT ASSISTANCE LINE (412) 394-5930
A member will answer questions or provide information to the caller concerning special education issues.
The City of Pittsburgh has its own Local Task Force. Their parent assistance hotline number is (412) 323‑3996.
The Local Task Force serves as a resource for children with all disabilities and their families in the 42 school districts in Allegheny County.
Meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month except July and August at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit offices at the Waterfront in Homestead from 6:30 till 8:30 p.m.
The Local Task Force (LTF) system was established in 1972 as part of the Consent Decree between the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the PA Association for Retarded Citizens. The PARC Consent Decree guaranteed a free public program of education for all school-aged persons with mental retardation or thought-to-have mental retardation regardless of their intellectual functioning.
Today the LTF system supports all school-aged persons with all disabilities and their families.
The Local Task Force on the Right to Education is open to:
- AGENCY REPRESENTATIVES
Under the Consent Decree, parents must make up 51% of the membership.
OTHER SERVICES PROVIDED
- Cyclical Monitorings
School districts are audited by the Bureau of Special Education every 5 years. The LTF provides information to the chairperson of the cyclical monitoring team. This information can be commendations or issues and concerns which have been brought to the task force’s attention.
- Parent Satisfaction Survey
Local Task Forces can initiate a process with school districts to have the school districts disseminate the Parent Satisfaction Survey developed by the 29 Local Task Forces throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Although not mandatory, the school districts can benefit from receiving feedback from the families of sons and daughters who have IEPs. This survey could be done any year except in the school year when the district is involved in their Cyclical Monitoring or Indicator 13 training. Families can make this request to our Local Task Force 3 through the Parent Assistance Line or in person at one of the 10 public meetings held from September through June.