DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Designation of School Districts to Receive Duquesne City School District's Junior and Senior High School Students
[50 Pa.B. 5855]
[Saturday, October 24, 2020]
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 declared unconstitutional by the Commonwealth Court 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. Under Act 45, then-Secretary of Education Gerald Zahorchak designated the East Allegheny School District (East Allegheny) and the West Mifflin Area School District (West Mifflin) to accept Duquesne's senior high school students on a tuition basis.
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 (School Code) (24 P.S. § 16-1607). Section 1607 of the School Code 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 accept Duquesne's senior high school students.
In 2012, Duquesne sought and received the approval of the Department of Education (Department) to alter/curtail its junior high school program (grades 7 and 8). Accordingly, on July 9, 2012, East Allegheny and West Mifflin were designated to also accept Duquesne's junior high school students under section 1607 of the School Code. The designation of East Allegheny and West Mifflin to accept Duquesne's junior and senior high school students remained unchanged.
As required under section 1607(d) of the School Code, the Department provides the following information regarding the assignment of Duquesne's 7—12 grade students to East Allegheny and West Mifflin.
Assignment of Students
• Students entering grades 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12 shall be assigned to the same district to which they were assigned during the previous school year.
• Students entering grade 7 have the opportunity to select the district—East Allegheny or West Mifflin—they wish to attend. Students entering grade 7 shall be assigned to the district that they select.
• Private, religious or charter school students who are residents of Duquesne and 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 will be given a choice between East Allegheny and West Mifflin and will be assigned to the district they choose.
Per Pupil Tuition Rate
The per pupil tuition rate that the designated districts shall receive for the 2019-2020 school year is $14,278.70.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 20-1456. Filed for public inspection October 23, 2020, 9:00 a.m.]
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