Pennsylvania Department of Education Settles Federal Civil Rights Probe


Under the settlement agreement, the PDE agreed to monitor the AEDY system to ensure that students are not discriminated in the basis of their disabilities and not denied dequal educational opportunities.

Additionally, PDE agreed to make sure students with disabilities will be tranferred back to their home schools in a timely manner.

Furthermore, the deal requires Pennsylvania to ensure that local educational agencies provide proper language assistance services to English Learner (EL students.

The federal government will monitor PDE’s compliance with the terms of the settlement agreement.

In a statement, Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Civil Rights Division, said, “All students should be provided an opportunity to succeed and are entitled to learn in an educational environment free from discrimination.”

“We commend PDE’s cooperation throughout our investigation and for its commitment to ensure that students with disabilities and English learners are not prevented from learning opportunities afforded to other students. All students should receive the lawfully-required help they need to participate equally in schools,” he added.