Is Your Child With Disabilities Experiencing Transportation Problems in Philadelphia?
As a member of the Philadelphia Coalition of Special Education Advocates, the Education Law Center and other advocates filed an administrative complaint with the Pennsylvania Department of Education to challenge the failure of students with disabilities to receive transportation services to which they are legally entitled under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. The Complaint resulted in an investigation by the State and corrective action undertaken by the District.
Below are resources for families and advocates to help with transportation issues, including truancy issues, that may arise. You may also contact the Education Law Center directly by following instructions available here. You can learn more about ELC’s mission here.
The School District now has a Transportation Line (400-4350) and email address ([email protected]) to report issues regarding transportation.
In addition, here is some information from the District regarding how to obtain compensatory education services for instruction hours that your child missed due to transportation problems:
- Memorandum for families with instructions to resolve complaints – Dec. 1, 2015
- Compensatory Education Agreement
- How to submit a complaint to the Pa. Dept. of Education, Bureau of Special Education
State Complaint and Complaint Investigation Report Issued by PDE
- Coalition Complaint – Apr. 21, 2015
- Coalition Complaint – Jul. 8, 2015
- Pa. Dept. of Education Bureau of Special Education Complaint Investigation Report – Amended Aug. 5, 2015