SEAC Invites Organizations With Unmet Representation on SEAC to Submit Applications for Organizational Panel Seat
Monday, October 08, 2012
Wanted: Organizations Whose Members Have Unmet Representations on the Michigan Special Education Advisory Committee
The Michigan Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is soliciting applications for one organizational seat on the panel. The SEAC is the federally mandated state advisory panel to the Michigan Department of Education and State Board of Education and consists of 33 delegates, 25 representing organizations from the community of stakeholders involved in the education of students with disabilities. The new organizations will enhance the committee by speaking for unmet representations.
The SEAC's mission is to support opportunities for all students in Michigan and especially those with disabilities by gathering, sharing, and disseminating information with the public; advising the State Board of Education; and working with the Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services. The SEAC's federally defined duties are to:
- Advise the SEA of unmet needs within the state in the education of children with disabilities.
- Comment publicly on any rules or regulations proposed by the State regarding the education of children with disabilities.
- Advise the SEA in developing evaluations and reporting on data to the Secretary under section 618 of the Act.
- Advise the SEA in developing corrective action plans to address findings identified in Federal monitoring reports.
- Advise the SEA in developing and implementing policies relating to the coordination of services for children with disabilities.
- Review and comment on completed due process hearing findings.
Organizations wishing to be considered for this seat are asked to apply by submitting a letter of interest to Ms. Dawn Bentley, SEAC Chair, 1425 West Grand River Avenue, Howell, MI 48843, no later than November 12, 2012. The letter of interest should include the name of the organization, its mission, and a description of its membership. Letters of interest will be reviewed and applications will be mailed to those organizations meeting an unmet representation. Top applicants will then be asked to present to the SEAC prior to the SEAC voting to recommend an organization for permanent membership.
Organizational delegates to the SEAC are nominated by the organization and that nomination approved by the State Board of Education. Delegates and their alternate serve for a three-year term. Organizations may be asked to nominate a defined member, a person with a disability, and/or a parent or guardian of a student with an IEP under the age of 26. Ideally organizations will support the participation of their representative (i.e., mileage, expenses).
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