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Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE)

Authorized by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 20 United States Code Section 1412 (a)(21); California Education Code, Section 33590.
What is the Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE)?

The Commission is an advisory body required by Federal (20 USC 1412[a][21]) and State Statute (EC 33590-6). The ACSE 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 areas of research, program development and evaluation in California special education.

When does the Commission meet?

Meeting Dates

The ACSE holds a minimum of four meetings a year with additional subcommittee or task force meetings as budget permits. Some members may also attend meetings of other official and related organizations as liaisons. All meetings are open to the public pursuant to the Bagley-Keene Act External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF). Agendas are posted at least 10 days prior to the meeting date. A meeting Webcast is posted within one week of the meeting date provided that appropriate technology is available at the meeting site.

Live video stream of ACSE meetings is available on meeting dates during times stated in the meeting agenda.

Who serves on the Commission?

The ACSE consists of appointed members from the Speaker of the Assembly, Senate Committee on Rules, Governor, and the State Board of Education. The membership consists of parents, persons with disabilities, persons knowledgeable about the administration of special education, teachers, and legislative representatives from the Assembly and Senate.

What is the length of a term?

Members of the legislature appointed to the ACSE shall serve at the pleasure of the appointing body. Each public member shall serve a four-year term (maximum of 2 terms). Public member terms expire on December 31 in odd numbered years.

How to become a Commissioner

Any individual interested in appointment to the ACSE should review the Member Directory to determine those members whose terms are expiring and contact the appointing body to obtain information on their application process.

To whom does the ACSE report?

The ACSE is required to report on at least an annual basis to the:

What issues are addressed?

The ACSE addresses numerous issues related to California Special Education as defined in Education Code Section 56000 including:

Areas of Focus
How is the public involved?

The ACSE welcomes public involvement. Opportunities for public comment are provided at each Commission meeting. Webcasts of past ACSE meetings and agendas for upcoming meetings are available on the Meeting Agendas and Webcasts Web page. In addition, public hearings are periodically conducted on Special Education or related issues.

The ACSE can be accessed by interested persons through public input sessions, telephone (TTY and fax available), and postal or electronic mail.

Annual Reports

The ACSE can be contacted by phone at 916-445-4602, by fax at 916-327-3706, or by the Videophone Line at 916-374-7182.

Questions: Venetia Davis | vdavis@cde.ca.gov | 916-323-9773 
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