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Article 6. Advisory Commission on Special Education   

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(a) There is in the state government the Advisory Commission on Special Education consisting of the following 17 members:

(1) A Member of the Assembly appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly.

(2) A Member of the Senate appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules.

(3) Three public members appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly, two of whom shall be individuals with a disability or parents of pupils in either a public or private school who have received or are currently receiving special education services due to a disabling condition.

(4) Three public members appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules, two of whom shall be individuals with a disability or parents of pupils in either a public or private school who have received or are currently receiving special education services due to a disabling condition.

(5) Four public members appointed by the Governor, two of whom shall be parents of pupils in either a public or private school who have received or are currently receiving special education services due to a disabling condition.

(6) Five public members appointed by the State Board of Education, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent or the members of the State Board of Education, three of whom shall be parents of pupils in either a public or private school who have received or are currently receiving special education services due to a disabling condition, and one of whom shall be a representative of the charter school community.

(b) (1) Each member shall be selected to ensure that the commission is representative of the state population and composed of individuals involved in, or concerned with, the education of children with disabilities, including parents of children with disabilities, ages birth to 26 years, inclusive; individuals with disabilities; teachers; representatives of higher education that prepare special education and related services personnel; state and local education officials, including, but not limited to, officials who carry out activities under Part B (commencing with Section 11431, et seq.) of Subchapter VI of Title 42 of the United States Code; administrators of programs for children with disabilities; representatives of other state agencies involved in the financing or delivery of related services to children with disabilities; representatives of private schools and public charter schools; at least one representative of a vocational community or business organization concerned with the provision of transition services to children with disabilities; and a representative from the State Department of Social Services responsible for foster care; and representatives from the state juvenile and adult corrections agencies.

(2) Each member shall be knowledgeable about the wide variety of disabling conditions that require special programs in order to achieve the goal of providing an appropriate education to all eligible pupils.

(3) A majority of the members of the commission shall be individuals with disabilities, or parents of children with disabilities who are ages birth to 26 years, inclusive.

(c) The commission shall select one of its members to be chairperson of the commission. In addition to other duties, the chairperson shall notify the appointing bodies when a vacancy occurs on the commission and of the type of representative listed in subdivision (b) who is required to be appointed to fill the vacancy.

(d) The term of each public member is four years.

(e) A public member may not serve more than two terms.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 653, Sec. 1.)

Reference:

42 USC 11431 et seq.