In accordance with the federal Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act (IDEA), the Governor, or his designee, is required to appoint
a state advisory panel consisting of persons representing both providers
and receivers of services for children with educational disabilities.
The purpose of the advisory council is to provide guidance on special
education and related services. By law, the council is charged with:
Advising the Commissioner of Education on the unmet educational needs
of pupils with disabilities within the state;
Commenting publicly on the following issues with regard to the education
of pupils with disabilities:
the annual state program plan,
proposed rules and regulations; and
procedures for distribution of funds.
Assisting in the development and reporting of such information and
evaluations as may assist the Commissioner of Education in performing
his responsibilities related to the education of pupils with disabilities;
Advising the Commissioner of Education on the development of corrective
action plans; and
Advising the Commissioner of Education on the development/implementation
of policies related to coordination of services.