2012-2013 Designation of School Districts to Receive Duquesne City School District's Junior and Senior High School Students
[42 Pa.B. 4723]
[Saturday, July 28, 2012]
The Duquesne City School District (Duquesne) eliminated its senior high school program in 2007. Section 14 of the act of July 20, 2007 (P. L. 278, No. 45) (Act 45) governed the reassignment of Duquesne's senior high school students until Act 45 was struck down by the courts in 2010. In part, Act 45 authorized the Secretary of Education to designate two or more school districts to accept Duquesne's high school students. Thus, under Act 45, then-Secretary of Education Gerald Zahorchak designated two school districts to accept Duquesne's senior high school students on a tuition basis. The two designated school districts were the East Allegheny School District (East Allegheny) and the West Mifflin Area School District (West Mifflin).
Shortly after Act 45 was struck down, the act of November 23, 2010 (P. L. 1350, No. 123) (Act 123) was enacted. The enactment of Act 123 resulted in significant amendments to section 1607 of the Public School Code of 1949 (code) (24 P. S. § 16-1607), which governs the reassignment of high school students when certain school districts do not operate a high school. Similar to Act 45, Act 123 authorizes the Secretary of Education to designate two or more school districts to accept Duquesne's high school students. When Act 123 was enacted, East Allegheny and West Mifflin were designated to continue to receive Duquesne's senior high school students.
Recently, Duquesne sought and received the approval of the Department of Education (Department) to alter/curtail its junior high school program (that is, grades 7 and 8). To continue and extend the success that resulted from the placement of Duquesne senior high school students in East Allegheny and West Mifflin following the enactment of Act 45 and Act 123, on July 9, 2012, East Allegheny and West Mifflin were designated to receive Duquesne's junior high school students under section 1607 of the code. The designation of West Mifflin and East Allegheny to receive Duquesne's senior high school students remained unchanged.
2012-2013 Reassignment of Duquesne's Junior and Senior High School Students
As required under section 1607(d) of the code, the Department provides the following information regarding the assignment of Duquesne's high school students for the 2012-2013 school year:
• Students entering grades 10, 11 or 12 during the 2012-2013 school year shall be assigned to the same district to which they were assigned during the 2011-2012 school year.
• Students entering grades 7, 8 or 9 had the opportunity to select the district—East Allegheny or West Mifflin—they were interested in attending. Students entering grades 7, 8 or 9 shall be assigned to the district that they selected.
• Private, religious or charter school students who wish to enroll in Duquesne and attend East Allegheny or West Mifflin must register as Duquesne students at the Duquesne Education Center to be assigned to either East Allegheny or West Mifflin.
• Students transferring into Duquesne after the assignment process has concluded will be given a choice between West Mifflin and East Allegheny and will be assigned to the district they choose.
2012-2013 Tuition Rates
The per pupil tuition rates that the designated districts shall receive, for the 2012-2013 school year, are $10,000 for East Allegheny and $10,000 for West Mifflin.
RONALD J. TOMALIS,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 12-1416. Filed for public inspection July 27, 2012, 9:00 a.m.]
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