Special Education Advisory Council

Throughout Minnesota, parents and professionals are working together in new ways. They are collaborating in the development of individual service plans for children and creating innovative programs to increase community support for families. In addition, they are participating jointly on councils and task forces to shape policies and programs to improve the education and support for children with disabilities and their families.

Local Special Education Advisory Councils (SEACs) are required for school districts in Minnesota. The portion of the Minnesota State Statute 125A.24 that defines the charge of local SEACs reads as follows: “In order to increase the involvement of parents of children with disabilities in district policymaking and decision making, schools must have a special education advisory council,” that is incorporated into the district’s special education system plan. An SEAC is anadvisory group intended to increase the involvement of parents of children with disabilities in making recommendations regarding special education policy issues to existing governing boards.

What role can a local SEAC have?

  • SEAC members help develop effective, responsive educational services
  • SEAC members can provide a vision for the future
  • SEAC members can advocate for system and program changes in ways school district staff cannot
  • SEAC members represent the community voices
  • SEAC members feel more invested in the school system and the school system becomes more receptive to parent and community needs

Local Special Education Advisory Council’s are required to meet one (1) time per year and have a majority of members as parents.

If you are interested in becoming a member of Northland Special Education Cooperative’s SEAC, please contact the Special Education Office at: 741-5384.