Community Advisory Committee for Special Education
The role of the CAC is to advise the School District’s Board of Education about special education issues, to provide access to training and information
and to work collaboratively with the school district to improve student outcomes.
The CAC participates in the development, amendment and review of the Local Plan for Special Education, and recommends annual priorities to be
addressed by the plan. The Local Plan describes how services will be delivered to special education students in accordance with federal and
The California department of Education (CDE) divides the state into areas for the purposes of planning and monitoring how the special education
services are delivered to students with disabilities. These areas are called Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPA). CDE mandates that all
SELPAs maintain a Community Advisory Committee for Special Education.
The Community Advisory Committee for Special Education CAC membership is composed of volunteers, including parents of individuals with exceptional
needs enrolled in public and private schools, parents of other students enrolled in school, pupils and adults with disabilities, general and special
education teachers, other school district personnel, representatives of other public and private agencies, and others concerned with the needs of
individuals with exceptional needs. Members are appointed by the Board of Education.
Any parent of a student in the district (public or private), staff or community member may attend and participate in CAC meetings.
Ask questions, share concerns and have your voice be heard. If you have any ideas about how the CAC can help students with exceptional needs and
promote parent and community involvement, please contact your local CAC. The Committee meets 10 months per year. Membership applications are
available at the meetings. Although CAC nominates potential members, the BOE appoints them.
Community Advisory Committee for Special Education State Code Language
30 EC 56190 - Community Advisory Committee Establishment; Advisory Capacity
Each plan submitted under Section 56195.1 shall establish a community advisory committee. The committee shall serve only in an advisory capacity.
30 EC 56192 - Community Advisory Committee Composition
The community advisory committee shall be composed of parents of individuals with exceptional needs enrolled in public or private schools,
parents of other pupils enrolled in school, pupils and adults with disabilities, regular education teachers, special education teachers and other school
personnel, representatives of other public and private agencies, and persons concerned with the needs of individuals with exceptional needs.
30 EC 56191 - Community Advisory Committee Membership; Appointment; Responsibility
The members of the community advisory committee shall be appointed by, and responsible to, the governing board of each participating district or
county office, or any combination thereof participating in the local plan. Appointment shall be in accordance with a locally determined selection
procedure that is described in the local plan. Where appropriate, this procedure shall provide for selection of representatives of groups specified in
Section 56192 by their peers. Such procedure shall provide that terms of appointment are for at least two years and are annually staggered to ensure
that no more than one half of the membership serves the first year of the term in any one year.
30 EC 56193 - Community Advisory Committee; Parent Majority
At least the majority of such committee shall be composed of parents of pupils enrolled in schools participating in the local plan, and at least a
majority of such parents shall be parents of individuals with exceptional needs.
30 EC 56194 - Community Advisory Committee Authority; Responsibilities
The community advisory committee shall have the authority and fulfill the responsibilities that are defined for it in the local plan. The responsibilities
shall include, but need not be limited to, all the following: (a) Advising the policy and administrative entity of the special education local
plan area regarding the development, amendment, and review of the local plan. The entity shall review and consider comments from the community
(b) Recommending annual priorities to be addressed by the plan.
(c) Assisting in parent education and in recruiting parents and other volunteers who may contribute to the implementation of the plan.
(d) Encouraging community involvement in the development and review of the local plan.
(e) Supporting activities on behalf of individuals with exceptional needs.
(f) Assisting in parent awareness of the importance of regular school attendance.
30 EC 56195.9 - Local Plan Developed and Updated by Committee
The plan for special education shall be developed and updated cooperatively by a committee of representatives of special and regular teachers and
administrators selected by the groups they represent and with participation by parent members of the community advisory committee, or parents selected by
the community advisory committee, to ensure adequate and effective participation and communication.
30 EC 56240 - Staff Development Programs; Coordination With Other Programs
Staff development programs shall be provided for regular and special education teachers, administrators, certificated and classified employees,
volunteers, community advisory committee members and, as appropriate, members of the district and county governing boards. The programs shall be
coordinated with other staff development programs in the special education local plan area, including school level staff development programs authorized
by state and federal law.
Special Education Laws & Regulations:
Information by Local Area:
San Diego Unified School District CAC meets monthly on a Thursday from 7-9pm
at the Harold J. Ballard Parent Center, 2375 Congress Street, San Diego, CA 92110.
Visit the SDUSD CAC page
East County CAC meetings held usually on the first Monday of the month
from 6:00-8:30pm at 924 East Main Street in El Cajon, 92021. Call
North Coastal CAC (NCCSE) meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesdays at
the North County Regional Education Center, located at 255 Pico Ave. San
Marcos, CA 92069. 6:15-6:30pm informal networking. 6:30-8:30pm meeting.
Visit NCCSE CAC page
North Inland CAC meetings are held at 6:00pm at different locations.
Contact Chris at 760-788-4671 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Poway CAC meetings usually meet from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the PUSD
Administration Center, Conference Room B-1 at 13626 Twin Peaks Road,
Poway CA 92064. Visit Poway CAC page
South County CAC meets at different locations each month from
6:15-8:00pm. Contact Wilma Johnson at 619-498-8171 or
Imperial County CAC meetings - Contact SELPA at (760) 312-6419.