Under both the Massachusetts General Laws (c. 15, §1G) and federal regulations (34 CFR § 300.167), the Department is required to establish and maintain a Special Education Advisory Panel composed of individuals involved in or concerned with the education of children with disabilities. In existence for over 30 years, the council's membership has included a diverse group of individuals reflecting both the state and federal statutory requirements of membership, including agency designees. The responsibilities of the Special Education Advisory Panel include:
December 14, 2021 Special Education Advisory Panel Meeting Agenda
March 9, 2021 Special Education Advisory Panel Meeting Minutes
January 12, 2021 Special Education Advisory Panel Meeting Minutes
December 8, 2020 Special Education Advisory Panel Meeting Minutes
October 13, 2020 Special Education Advisory Panel Meeting Minutes
The Special Education Advisory Panel is composed of members appointed by the Commissioner on behalf of the Board of Education. Appointment to the Council is for a three-year term, and no member may serve more than two terms. Over half of the voting members are individuals with a disability or a parent of a child with a disability. Membership is presently comprised of local education officials, teachers, and representatives from higher education, charter schools, special education schools, and organizations that provide transition services to children with disabilities. A reasonable balance of business, civic, labor, and professional groups, and geographic areas, is currently maintained.
All Panel meetings for the 2021-2022 year are being held virtually. Please contact the Special Education Planning and Policy Office, at email@example.com if you have questions or are interested in attending a Panel meeting. Please indicate if you would like to be sent a link to make a brief public comment during the Panel meeting or you wish to participate as an observer.
For further information, including meeting agendas/minutes, please contact:
Special Education Planning and Policy Office
Last Updated: December 8, 2021
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906
Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370
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