Up-Coming Advisory Committee on Special Education Meeting – Important Updates

The Advisory Committee on Special Education (ACSE) is an advisory body required under federal law that provides recommendations and advice to the State Board of Education, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Legislature, and the Governor in new or continuing area of research, program development, and evaluation of CA special education. The ACSE is scheduled to meet next Wednesday June 16, 2021. The Special Education Mental Health Committee (SEMHC)will meet from 9:00 – 9:30 to discuss several important issues including goals for the SEMHC, Mental Wellness Bill of Rights for All Children, Whole Child and Family Engagement in Community Schools., and Local Educational Agency Expansion of Medi-Cal Billing. The Operations and Planning Committee will discuss the annual report and in-person meetings. The full Commission will meet beginning at 10:00 and provide important updates regarding the California Special Education Governance and Accountability Study and California State Budget for Special Education. The ACSE will also hold their annual election for the Chair and Vice-Chair positions.

The proposed state budget seeks to make significant investments in special education which is particularly important as we know many special education students will need additional resources to help mitigate learning loss experienced as a result of distance learning and challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Public input is very important to the ACSE as it helps shape their recommendations to the Legislature and the Governor. To learn more about the upcoming meeting and how to engage in public comment visit: https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/as/acseag0621.asp


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