Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

Michigan’s Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandated state advisory panel to the State Board of Education and the Michigan Department of Education.

The mission of the SEAC is to promote positive outcomes for all Michigan students with disabilities by:

  • Gathering, sharing and disseminating information.
  • Communicating with stakeholders.
  • Identifying unmet needs.
  • Collaborating with the Office of Special Education.
  • Advising the State Board of Education.

Interested Applicants

SEAC accepts applications for open seats throughout the year. If there are specific seats open, they will be listed here. If there are no available seats, you may still apply and application will be filed for consideration should future openings occur. Read the Membership in the Michigan Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) document to determine if you and/or your organization meet the requirements for membership.

Questions? Contact: Teri Pettit, Ed.S., SEAC Facilitator, PettitT4@michigan.gov

Membership

SEAC members are appointed by the State Board of Education. There are up to 33 members of the SEAC who represent a diverse group of stakeholders (parents, administrators, service providers, advocates, and consumers) concerned with the education of all children, including students with disabilities.

Meeting Information

The SEAC meets via Zoom on the first Wednesday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. unless indicated otherwise on the calendar. The public is welcome to view meetings and must complete a SEAC visitor registration form.

2020-2021 SEAC Meeting Schedule

Date Location Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes
10/8/20 Regular Business Meeting October Draft Agenda  
11/4/20 Regular Business Meeting    
12/2/20 Regular Business Meeting    
1/6/21 Committee Video Meetings
(SEAC members only)
   
2/3/21 Regular Business Meeting    
3/3/21 Regular Business Meeting    
4/7/21 Regular Business Meeting    
5/5/21 Regular Business Meeting    
6/2/21 Regular Business Meeting    

Annual Report

As part of its duties, the SEAC annually submits a report on its activities to the State Education Agency.

SEAC Governance

​Public Comment

In 2019 the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) determined the procedure governing State Advisory Panels, specifically the requirement meetings be open to the public, is no longer required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

While SEAC will continue to open its meetings to the public, we will no longer provide a time of public comment as we are merely an advisory committee "not legally capable of rendering a final decision," (Attorney General (AG) Opinion #6935). 

We advise those interested in providing public comment to attend a State Board of Education meeting where public comment is welcomed. For additional information please refer to the document Public Participation in State Board of Education Meetings.