Advocacy Links

The Coalition urges parents and community members to bring your voice to school district meetings. When we are silent, decisions are made without us. When we are vocal, we are empowered.

 

1)  Join Your Local Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for Special Education

The CAC is a required stakeholder committee as part of each Special Education Local Planning Area's (SELPA's) governance structure. The CAC is part of the local planning process, which also includes annual special education budget and policy development.

CAC - Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD)
Facebook page. District's special education website.

CAC - San Juan Unified School District (SJUSD)
Facebook page. District's special education website.

CAC - Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD)
Facebook page. District CAC website.

CAC - Placer County Office of Education
Website is under Roseville Joint Union High School District (RJUHSD)

CAC - Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE)
District webpage.

CAC - Twin Rivers Unified School District (TRUSD)
District webpage.

CAC - Folsom-Cordova Unified School District (FCUSD)
District website.

CAC - Yolo County Office of Education (YCOE)
Facebook page. District's special education website.

CAC - Natomas Unified School District (NUSD)
District's special education website.

CAC - El Dorado County Office of Education (ECOE)
District's special education website.

CAC - San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE)
District's special education website.

If you would like to learn more about CACS and connect with other CAC members across California please contact the CAC Leadership Collaborative - CACLeadershipCollaborative@gmail.com.

 

2)  Engage with Your School Board and Advocate

Attending local School Board meetings are a very important part of special education advocacy. There are over 1,000 school districts in California. Special education should not be a silo. Students with disabilities are impacted by all of the decisions made in the district. Visit your school district websites for specific, dates, times and agenda topics. You can also set up meetings with your school board members to share concerns and ask for support. These are public meetings and everyone has the right to participate/speak on every item including a general public comment time.

Sacramento City Unified School District parents advocating at a school board meeting

Board of Education - Sacramento City Unified School (SCUSD) District
Webpage

Board of Education - San Juan Unified School District (SJUSD)
Website

Board of Education - Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD)
Website

Board of Education - Placer County Office of Education (PCOE)
Website

Board of Education - Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE)
Website

Board of Education - Twin Rivers Unified School District (TRUSD)
Website

Board of Education - Folsom- Cordova Unified School District (FCUSD)
Website

Board of Education - Yolo County Office of Education (YCOE)
Website

Board of Education - Natomas Unified School District (NUSD)
Website

Board of Education - El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE)
Website

Board of Education - San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE)
Website

 

3) Engage with the Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE), California Department of Education

Website

The Commission is an advisory body required by Federal (20 USC 1412[a][21]) and State Statute (EC33590-6). The ACSE provides recommendations and advice to the State Board of Education, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Legislature, and the Governor in new or continuing areas of research, program development and evaluation in California special education