Item Coversheet

Action Item - 40.

Title: Contract with Specialized Education of Pennsylvania, Inc. – IU-26 Alternative Special Education Program ($2,200,000)

Board of Education Meeting Date:

Action under consideration

 The Administration recommends that the Board of Education authorize The School District of Philadelphia, through the Superintendent or his designee, to execute and perform a contract, subject to funding, as follows: 

Specialized Education of Pennsylvania, Inc. 


Provision of a full-time alternative special education program for students with severe disabilities in grades K through 12

 Start date: 7/1/2020

 End date: 6/30/2021
 Compensation not to exceed: $2,200,000 

Frankford High School; Joseph C. Ferguson Elementary School

 Renewal Options:  No


The Office of Specialized Services is proposing a one-year extension of a three-year contract with Specialized Education of Pennsylvania, Inc. to provide full-time alternative special education programs for students with disabilities in grades K through 12. The program is designed to provide services to students with severe emotional disturbance and other disabilities. The program will serve a maximum capacity of 100 students, and serve as an alternative to placing students with severe disabilities in Approved Private Schools (APS) and other private school settings. The District places many students with special needs in APSs, because their needs are unable to be met in District schools. APSs are often located in isolated areas or far from students' homes resulting in long commutes.


The purpose of the program is to educate Philadelphia resident students with severe disabilities in the least restrictive environment and transition students back to neighborhood public schools as soon as they are ready. This Intermediate Unit alternative special education program is designed to specifically fit the needs of students with disabilities, with strong academic, behavioral, transition from school to work, and therapeutic related services and programs for students whose IEPs (Individualized Education Program) require the delivery of educational services in an intensive setting. Students will be able to attend school closer to their homes and have access to classes and transition programs with their general education peers. The program follows District curriculum with a focus on teaching students the skills they need to receive educational services in the least restrictive environment. All students will have access to District extracurricular programs and activities.

 Anchor Goal(s) Supported: Anchor Goal 1 - 100% of students will graduate ready for college or career   

 Funding Source(s): 
FY 20-21 Operating 

 Office Originating Request: Academic Support