Important State Laws for Children with Disabilities

Pennsylvania has a State Board of Education which has the authority to create and revise regulations related to school and education issues. They are indexed in the PA Code, Title 22, Education. Each chapter provides the regulations on one topic.

Chapter 14: Special Education Services and Programs

These are the state’s regulations on the school’s responsibility to provide a free and appropriate public education to students with disabilities. This chapter adopts many of the federal regulations in IDEA, but also includes regulations that are specific to Pennsylvania.

Chapter 15: Protected Handicapped Students

These regulations are based on Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act and apply to students who have a disability but do not qualify for special education services under Chapter 14.

Chapter 4: Academic Standards and Assessment

This chapter establishes the state’s academic standards and assessment in order to improve student achievement. High school graduation requirements are included.

Chapter 11: Student Attendance

This chapter includes regulations on admission to school, attendance, absences, and excusals from school.