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Basic Education Circulars

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A Basic Education Circular (BEC) provides the Department of Education's guidance on the implementation of law, regulation and policy.

Name Reference Source Purpose
Services From The Office of Chief Counsel Pennsylvania Department of Education 71 P.S. Section 732-301 Purdon's Statutes In certain circumstances, school districts and intermediate units may request an opinion from the Office of Chief Counsel
Transfer of Records 24 P.S. 19-1926 Purdon's Statutes Educational programs in state-operated institutions for delinquent youth operate under the authority of the Pennsylvania Department of Education and are considered to be public schools
Transportation to Approved Private Schools 24 P.S. 13-1374 Purdon's Statutes Section 1374 of the Public School Code of 1949 governs transportation of exceptional students, including the transportation of eligible children to approved private schools
Use of Facsimile Signatures 65 P.S. 301 et seq Purdon's Statutes This BEC provides the procedure for the Department to recognize facsimile signature for school officials
Violations of Background Checks 24 P.S. 1-111 Purdon's Statutes The purpose of this circular is to inform you of procedures that will be followed by the Department of Education's School Services Unit when investigating alleged violations of 24 P.S. ยง1-111.
Voter Registration As Part Of Implementation of Chapter 15 25 Pa. C.S.A. 1101 et seq. Purdon's Statutes This BEC is designed to supplement BEC 22 Pa. Code Chapter 15 (relating to implementation of Chapter 15), which addresses the responsibility of school districts to comply with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and its implementing regulations at 34 CFR Part 104 (relating to non-discrimination on the basis of handicap in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance).