Item Coversheet

Action Item - 44.

Title: Contracts with Global Arena, Language Translation Services and Para-Plus for Special Education Translation and Interpretation Services ($1,500,000)

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: 


Global Arena, LLC

Daniel Shamebo Sabore, d/b/a Language Translation Services (LTS)

Para-Plus Translation, Inc.



Translation of special education documents and interpretation services

 Start date: 7/1/2020

 End date: 6/30/2021
 Compensation not to exceed: $1,500,000 
 Separate Compensation by Vendor:

All entities will be paid out of the aggregate amount not to exceed $1,500,000.

All Schools; District authorized sites; Administrative Offices

 Renewal Options:  No


When required, and on an as-needed basis, the Contractors will provide translations of special education and other related documents for District students and their families whose primary language is not English. In addition, when appropriate and required, the Contractors will translate special education documents written in non-English languages to English for English speaking District teachers and staff.  In addition, the Contractors shall provide language interpretation services when needed. The Contractors are highly qualified translating firms that have the ability to translate documents in any language and in a timely fashion. Special education documents requiring translation may include mandatory notices, Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), special education evaluations and reevaluations, 504 Plans, behavioral and academic reports and intervention plans, transition plans, disciplinary records, and court and litigation documents and records.  Providing translation and interpretation services to students, parents and teachers when required helps ensure meaningful participation in educational decision making, planning and program development.  Approximately 15% of District students have disabilities and qualify for special education services. With the many languages spoken by District students and more than 15,000 students who are English Learners, these services are critical.

 Anchor Goal(s) Supported: Anchor Goal 1 - 100% of students will graduate ready for college or career, Anchor Goal 2 - 100% of 8-year olds will read on or above grade level   

 Funding Source(s): 
FY 20-21 Operating

 Office Originating Request: Academic Support