Special Education Advisory Committee
The special education regulations pertaining to local SEACs provide a great deal of flexibility to localities as they implement this requirement. The regulations at 8 VAC 20-81-230 D state that:
D. A local advisory committee for special education, appointed by each local school board, shall advise the school board through the division superintendent.
A majority of the committee shall be parents of children with disabilities or individuals with disabilities.
The committee shall include one teacher.
Additional local school division personnel shall serve only as consultants to the committee.
2. The functions of the local advisory committee shall be as follows:
Advise the local school division of needs in the education of children with disabilities;
Participate in the development of priorities and strategies for meeting the identified needs of children with disabilities;
Submit periodic reports and recommendations regarding the education of children with disabilities to the division superintendent for transmission to the local school board;
Assist the local school division in interpreting plans to the community for meeting the special needs of children with disabilities for educational services;
Review the policies and procedures for the provision of special education and related services prior to submission to the local school board; and
Participate in the review of the local school division's annual plan, as outlined in subdivision B.2. of this section. ( B.2. Prior to submission to the Virginia Department of Education, the annual plan shall be reviewed by the local school division’s local advisory committee, and approved by the local school board.)
3. Public notice shall be published annually listing the names of committee members and including a description of ways in which interested parties may express their views to the committee.
4. Committee meetings shall be held at least four times in a school year and shall be open to the public.