Item Coversheet

Action Item - 18.

Title: Authorization of Education Payments to Other Educational Entities ($25,500,000)

Board of Education Meeting Date:
  3/25/2021

Action under consideration

 

The Administration recommends that the Board of Education authorize The School District of Philadelphia, through the Superintendent or his designee, to make payments pursuant to the Pennsylvania Public School Code (24 PS §§13-1302, 13-1306, 13-1306.2, and 13-1308), under which the District is responsible for payment of the educational programs for students placed each year by the Philadelphia Departments of Human Services (DHS), Community Behavioral Health (CBH), and the Juvenile Justice System, but who remain legal residents of Philadelphia, in three categories: (i) regular education placements, (ii) special education placements in Pennsylvania, and (iii) special educational placements outside of Pennsylvania, as follows:

 

Start Date: 7/01/2021

 

End Date: 6/30/2022

 

(i) For Regular Educational Placements

 

To:  Any Intermediate Unit, school district, or other educational entity that provides a regular educational program to students whose parents or guardians are residents of Philadelphia and who submit proper invoices for and documentation of the subject services

 

Purpose: Payment of services for an estimated 1,500 regular education students

 

Payment Amount:  Aggregate amount not to exceed $3,500,000

 

Locations: Non-School District of Philadelphia facilities in Pennsylvania and out-of-state

 

Description: An estimated 1,500 Philadelphia students in residential institutions, partial hospitalizations, unpaid foster homes, and incarceration institutions are expected to receive their regular educational programs in school districts, intermediate units and other educational institutions which are non-School District of Philadelphia facilities. Payments for previous years were made to Intermediate Units (Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Colonial, Northampton, Delaware County, Lancaster Lebanon, Luzerne County, Montgomery County, Northeastern), and School Districts (Allegheny Clarion Valley; Antietam; Bensalem Twp, Bethlehem Area; Bensalem Township; Bloomsburg Area; Bradford Area; Butler Area; Centennial; Central Bucks; Central Susquehanna; Central York; Colonial; Connellsville Area; Conrad Weiser; Deer Lakes; Derry Area; Eastern York; Easton Area; Elizabethtown Area; Erie City; Franklin Area; Garnet Valley; Governor Mifflin; Grove City Area; Greater Latrobe; Hatboro Horsham; Hempfield; Jim Thorpe; Lancaster; Marple Newtown; Mars; Montour; Neshaminy; Norristown Area; Northampton Area; North Penn; Pennsbury; Pennridge; Pequea Valley; Pittsburgh; Pittston Area; Radnor; Red Lion; Rose Tree Media; Salisbury Township; Souderton Area; South Park; Southern Lehigh; Springfield Township; Twin Valley; Upper Darby; Upper Dublin; Waynesboro Area; Western Wayne; West Chester Area; Western Wayne; Wilson; Wilson Area; Wissahickon).

 

(ii) For Special Educational Placements, In-State

 

To:  Any Intermediate Unit, school district, or other educational entity that provides a special educational program to students whose parents or guardians are residents of Philadelphia and who submit proper invoices for and documentation of the subject services


Purpose: Payment of services for an estimated 500 special education students

 

Payment Amount: Aggregate amount not to exceed $20,000,000

 

Locations: Non-School District of Philadelphia facilities in Pennsylvania

 

Description: An estimated 500 Philadelphia students in residential institutions, partial hospitalizations, unpaid foster homes, and incarceration institutions are expected to receive their special educational programs in school districts, intermediate units, and other educational institutions which are non-School District of Philadelphia facilities. Payments for previous years were made to Intermediate Units (Bucks County, Chester County, Colonial, Northampton, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Northeastern, Northwest Tri-County), and school districts (Allegheny Clarion Valley; Antietam; Bensalem Twp, Bethlehem Area; Bensalem Township; Bloomsburg Area; Bradford Area; Butler Area Centennial; Central Bucks; Central Susquehanna; Central York; Colonial; Connellsville Area; Conrad Weiser; Deer Lakes; Derry Area; Eastern York; Easton Area; Elizabethtown Area; Erie City; Franklin Area; Garnet Valley; Governor Mifflin; Grove City Area; Greater Latrobe; Hatboro Horsham; Hempfield; Jim Thorpe; Lancaster; Marple Newtown; Mars; Montour; Neshaminy; Norristown Area; Northampton Area; North Penn; Pennsbury; Pennridge; Pequea Valley; Pittsburgh; Pittston Area; Radnor; Red Lion; Rose Tree Media; Salisbury Township; Souderton Area; South Park; Southern Lehigh; Springfield Township; Twin Valley; Upper Darby; Upper Dublin; Waynesboro Area; Western Wayne; West Chester Area; Western Wayne; Wilson; Wilson Area; Wissahickon).


(iii) For Special Educational Placements, Out-of-State

 

To:  Any out-of-state educational entity that provides a special educational program to students whose parents or guardians are residents of Philadelphia and who submit proper invoices for and documentation of the subject services

 

Purpose: Payment of services for an estimated 50 special education students

 

Payment Amount: Aggregate amount not to exceed $2,000,000

 

Location: Non-School District of Philadelphia facilities outside of Pennsylvania

 

Description: An estimated 40 Philadelphia students in residential institutions, partial hospitalizations, unpaid foster homes, and incarceration institutions are expected to receive their special educational programs in out of state facilities, school districts, intermediate units and other educational institutions which are non-School District of Philadelphia facilities. This proposal addresses payment of services for an estimated 50 Out of State Special Education Students placed by non-educational entities for the 2021-2022 fiscal year including some out of state placements. Payments for previous years were made to Bancroft Neurohealth, Benchmark Behavioral Health Services, Keystone Richland Center, Legacy Treatment Services, Millcreek of Arkansas, Sandy Pines Behavioral and Sequel of New Jersey.



 Office Originating Request: Finance