ADVISORY COMMISSION ON SPECIAL EDUCATION

Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE) is authorized by Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), 20 United States Code Section 1412 (a)(21); California Education Code, Section 33590. The Commission is an advisory body required by Federal (20 USC1412(a)(21)) and State Statute (EC 33590-6) that provides recommendations and advice to the State Board of Education, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Legislature, and the Governor in new or continuing areas of research, program development and evaluation in California special education.  

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 representation from the Assembly and Senate.

The ACSE studies and provides assistance to the State Board of Education, Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Legislature, and the Governor. Additionally, the ACSE participates in the development of the California State Plan for Part B of the IDEA and proposed rules and regulations. 

Areas of special education that is new or continuing:

  • Research
  • Program development
  • Evaluation

The ACSE reports to these entities at least once a year on the following:

  • Necessary activities to be undertaken regarding special education for individuals with exceptional needs enumerated in Education Code Section 56100.
  • Distribution of federal and state funds - Priorities and procedures utilized
  • Unmet educational needs of individuals with exceptional needs within the state.
  • Recommendations regarding the provision of improved educational services to individuals with exceptional needs including, but not limited to the developmental, review, and revision of the definition of "appropriate" as used in the phrase "free and appropriate public education" as used in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

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