"Special Education Parent Advisory Council"
Mid-State's Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) is part of the statewide network of advisory committees required by state and federal law.
At the local school level, SEPACs enable the local director of special education to seek meaningful input from parents, community partners, service providers, and school administrators on local issues relative to the provision of a free appropriate public education and the achievement of students with disabilities. This feedback is then relayed to the State Advisory Committee.
The Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education ACT (IDEA) requires that each State operate a statewide advisory panel. In accordance with this law, Minnesota has formed a Special Education State Advisory Committee (SESAC). This State-Wide committee advises the MN Department of Education on any unmet needs of students with disabilities, including the development of evaluations, reports, and corrective action plans in response to federal monitoring, and implementing policies and procedures to coordinate services for students with disabilities.
Mission & Goals
To seek meaningful input from parents and community partners on local district issues relative to the provision of a free appropriate public education and the achievement of students with disabilities.
Provide an opportunity for stakeholders to become informed about special education improvements annually.
Increase stakeholder involvement in special education continuous improvement plans.
Provide opportunities within each Member District for stakeholder involvement in special education services.
Why Join SEPAC?
Participants help improve the education of children with disabilities.
Provide feedback and give input for local and state policy-making decisions.
Network & connect with other parents, professionals, and service providers.
Enhance and strengthen existing partnerships between parents, families, community leaders, and educators.