The purpose of the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for Special Education is to advocate for effective Special Education programs and services, and advise the Board of Education on priorities in the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA). The State Education Code mandates that each SELPA must have a CAC and that a majority of CAC members be parents.
What is a Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA)?
In 1977, all school districts and county offices of education were required to join to form geographical regions of sufficient size and scope to provide for all of the special education service needs of children residing within the region boundaries. Each region developed a local plan describing how it would provide special education services. The SELPA governance structure varies in form. Single district SELPAs are of such significant size to provide all services within their boundaries while smaller districts joined consortia to provide the full range of services. There are six SELPAs in San Diego County:
- North Coastal Consortium for Special Education SELPA
- North Inland Special Education Region SELPA
- East County SELPA
- South County SELPA
- Poway Unified School District SELPA
- San Diego Unified School District SELPA
NOTE: Escondido Union High School District is part of the North Inland Region (NISER)
Each SELPA must have an Administrative Unit, the legal entity that receives funds and is responsible for seeing that every eligible child receives appropriate services. The County Office of Education is the Administrative Unit for North Coastal, North Inland, East County and South County SELPAs; the San Diego Unified School District is the Administrative Unit for its SELPA as is the Poway Unified School District.
What are some SELPA responsibilities?
The SELPA has a variety of responsibilities that may include:
- Ensuring program availability for all children with disabilities
- Staff development
- Management information systems
- Transition planning
- Legal assistance
- Budget review and planning
- Interagency coordination
- Program specialists
- Community Advisory Committee support
- Curriculum and program development
- Fiscal management
North Inland Special Education Region (NISER)
SELPA Director — Jamie Tate-Symons
Phone: (760) 788-4671