INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES EDUCATION ACT (IDEA)
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.
CHAPTER 14: This Chapter specifies how the Commonwealth will meet its obligations to suspected and identified children with disabilities who require special education and related services.
The Gaskin Settlement Agreement is a formal resolution between the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and a group of families and advocacy organizations who had filed a class-action lawsuit against PDE on behalf of a group of children with disabilities in 1994.