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:
March 14, 2023, Special Education Advisory Council and Advisory Panel Joint Meeting Agenda
March 15, 2022 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.
The Special Education Advisory Panel welcomes public comment on matters within its purview. Accordingly, a maximum 30-minute period is made available at its meetings for persons in the audience to address the Panel for no longer than 3 minutes. Written material of any length may be submitted. Preference will be given to persons who seek to address specific agenda items for the upcoming meeting. Agendas for upcoming meetings are posted prior to the meeting on the Special Education Advisory Panel website. Persons wishing to speak are strongly encouraged to submit their request before the day of the meeting; contact information is provided below. Preference will be given to those who submit requests by 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday preceding the scheduled meeting. If time permits, the Chair will allow members of the public who have not contacted the Department in advance to speak in the public comment period; those individuals must sign in prior to the start of the meeting. The Chair may limit the number of speakers due to time constraints and may increase or reduce the time allocated per speaker. While there is no requirement to submit comments in writing, a speaker who elects to do so should submit copies of their comments prior to or at the meeting for distribution to Panel members. Requests to address the Panel, written comments, and other inquiries may be transmitted by mail, e-mail, fax, or telephone to: Special Education Advisory Panel, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148, Phone: 781-338-3375. E-mail: email@example.com . Please make any requests for special accommodations or interpretation services at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting.
For further information, including meeting agendas/minutes, please contact:
Special Education Planning and Policy Office
Last Updated: March 10, 2023
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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