Ways to advocate

Advocacy

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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 Members, connect with the CAC Leadership Collaborative

 

CAC Leadership Collaborative (CACLC)

The CACLC is a grassroots group that formed in 2012. If you would like to learn more about CACS and connect with other CAC members across California please contact them at: CACLeadershipCollaborative@gmail.com. The CACLC is working together to share resources and enhance our leadership across the state.

CAC Leadership Collaborative Logo, a bright green cutout of the state of CA in the center with the letters CACLC in the center of the state, a red heart tilted to the left side at the bottom, says "est. 2012", Around the boarder in a circle, the writing says California CAC Leadersihip Collaborative in black writing.

Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) meetings

There are also meetings with SELPA Administration and Superintendents and the meetings are public but not widely known about. The CAC is supposed to provide advisement to these bodies. Ask you SELPA Director for the times and locations of these meetings. The public is allowed to speak.

 

Attend School Board Meetings

School Board meetings are a very important part of our advocacy in each school district (there are over 1,000 school 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.

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

Visit the Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE) at the 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.

There are very few students, parents, or adult self-advocates at these meetings, therefore, important plans and decisions are being made without us. If you would like to meet and join other advocacy colleagues at a meeting, please contact us at CoalitionSWD@gmail.com. or contact Angie Sutherland at (916) 862-8091.

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There are many more ways to advocate! Too many to list in one post. Keep looking and sharing and working together.

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