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Special Education Advisory Committee

Special Education Advisory Committee

Special Education Advisory Committee

About 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 on a state and national level.
  • Communicating with a diverse group of stakeholders. Identifying unmet needs.
  • Collaborating with the Office of Special Education.
  • Engaging with various offices in the Michigan Department of Education seeking feedback and input, and advising the State Board of Education.

Membership Information

Current Openings

SEAC is currently seeking to fill the following seat with a term beginning immediately:

  • Member-At-Large - terms end June 30, 2026

For more information on the open seat, refer to the Membership in the Michigan Special Education Advisory Committee document.

Interested applicants should complete the application and return it to: 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 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. unless indicated otherwise on the calendar. The public is welcome to view meetings and must complete the SEAC visitor registration form.

2023-2024 Meeting Schedule

Date Meeting Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes
10/5/2023 Regular Business Meeting October Agenda October Minutes
11/1/2023 Regular Business Meeting November Agenda November Minutes
12/6/2023 Regular Business Meeting December Agenda December Minutes
1/3/2024 Regular Business Meeting January Agenda January Minutes
2/7/2024 Regular Business Meeting February Agenda February Minutes
3/6/2024 Regular Business Meeting March Agenda March Minutes
4/3/2024 Regular Business Meeting April Agenda
5/1/2024 Regular Business Meeting May Agenda

Annual Report

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

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.

Functions

SEAC Function

Function 1

Advise regarding unmet needs.

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SEAC Function

Function 2

Comment publicly on proposed rules.

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Function 3

Advise regarding State Performance Plan (SPP) targets.

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Function 4

Advise regarding federal monitoring corrective action plans.

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Function 5

Advise regarding development of policies related to coordination of services for students with IEPs.

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Function 6

Review due process hearing findings.

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