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Content Last Modified on June 19, 2012

The School Services Office serves as a central point of inquiry for advice and assistance to school administrators regarding the School Laws of Pennsylvania; the State Board of Education regulations; and related programs, services and policies.

School Services also responds to parent inquiries and handles complaints related to student enrollment.

Topics we frequently address include:

  • Act 80 Exceptions
  • Alteration and Curtailment of Programs
  • Background Checks (Act 114 of 2006)
  • Basic Education Circulars (BECs)
  • Child Labor Law
  • Commissions for Superintendents, Assistants, and IU Executive Directors
  • Compulsory Attendance and Truancy Elimination
  • Emergency School Closings (non-weather related)
  • Enrollment of Students
  • Grievance Procedures (Act 93)
  • Homebound Instruction
  • Home Education and Private Tutoring
  • Military Access to Secondary Students
  • School Reconfigurations (including opening, closing, or changing)
  • Standard Teacher Application
  • Teacher Work Stoppages
  • Ward of State Determination

    Background Checks phone: 717-783-3750
    Background Check email: RA-PDE-SchoolService@pa.gov 
    All other calls: 717-787-4860

      Position   Name   Email
      Advisor to the Deputy Secretary   Stephen Fisher   sfisher@pa.gov
      Advisor   Daniel Iser   diser@pa.gov
      Advisor   Lois Novak   lonovak@pa.gov
      Advisor   Teresa Shakespeare     tshakespea@pa.gov
      Advisor   Suzanne Tallman     stallman@pa.gov
      Administrative Assistant     Denise Wolfgang   dwolfgang@pa.gov
      Admin (School Services)     April Queeley   aqueeley@pa.gov
      Admin (Background Checks)     Denise Daldo   dedaldo@pa.gov


  • For additional information, please contact:

    School Services Unit |
    Pennsylvania Department of Education - Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
    333 Market Street | Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
    Phone: 717.787.4860 | Fax: 717.214.4389
    RA-PDE-SchoolService@pa.gov | www.education.state.pa.us