The Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE) is committed to fulfilling its role as an advisory body to the California Department of Education (CDE), the State Board of Education, the Legislature, and the Governor. It values its role in providing relevant feedback to those entities and their representatives for the improvement of special education for California's children birth through 21 years.
In order to provide thoughtful and informed advice and recommendations to those entities, ACSE needs to receive information and meaningful input in advance to be adequately prepared to consider an issue and shall use the following process:
- Information (in electronic format) that is critical and relevant to the topic to be considered should be provided to the ACSE staff liaison in electronic format at least four weeks in advance of the meeting date. The ACSE staff liaison will ensure that this information is provided to commissioners and made accessible to the public in a timely fashion as required by law.
- Information should include the entity being represented (if any), a summary of key points, the specific areas of focus for the commissioners to consider, and any proposed recommendations.
- The commission Chair and the ACSE staff liaison will jointly determine whether the item should be placed on the agenda for action.
- If the item is placed on the agenda, the representative of the entity requesting ACSE input should attend the commission meeting and be prepared to participate in any discussion and respond to questions of the commissioners and the public.
- The ACSE may then provide recommendations or take other actions it deems appropriate such as placing the item on a future agenda for further discussion and consideration.
Commissioners are responsible to review the information prior to the meeting and arrive prepared to consider the item. Providing this information in advance enables the commissioners to be more fully prepared to hold high quality discussions, make informed decisions and provide valuable input and recommendations.