The Program Council consists of a special education administrator/designee from each participating Local Education Agency (LEA). Administrative Council meetings are held no less than eight times per year.
The purpose of the Program Council is to provide input to the SELPA Program Administrator regarding special education program/service needs, policies and procedures, agreements and forms, as well as the planning and implementation of personnel development programs. Meetings of the Program Council also provide participants with a venue for sharing ideas.
Responsibilities of the Program Council include but are not limited to:
- Review and recommend policies to the Superintendents’ Council.
- Provide technical assistance to the Superintendents’ Council and the SELPA Director, including but not limited to, development or revisions of policies and procedures related to the use and maintenance of facilities, records management, information systems and/or transportation.
- Participate in the review and development of the local plan for Special Education.
- Recommend to the Superintendents’ Council changes including additional programs and/or services to be included in the annual budget and service plans.
- Evaluate overall programs and services for effectiveness and report to the Superintendents’ Council at least annually.
- Recommend allocation of resources within the SELPA in accordance with the local plan;
- Prepare programs and reports mandated by the LEAs, SELPA and CDE.
- Advise the SELPA Director on issues of provision of special education programs and services throughout the SELPA.
- Review the outcome of due process hearings and complaints, and if a pattern develops, make appropriate recommendations to the Superintendents’ Council.
- Provide leadership and support in order to implement the local plan;
- Acting as liaison with parents, community resources, other LEA, the SELPA Director and Superintendents’ Council;
- Providing, reviewing and approving required reports by the federal government, and/or California Department of Education;
- Review the CASEMIS/CALPADS systems and data;
- Review and revise the Annual Service Plan for approval by the Superintendents' Council;
- Participating in the development and implementation of an annual staff development plan;
- Providing direction and leadership in the development, implementation, and evaluation of quality programs and services for students with special needs, including needed policy revisions;
- Participating in the development of appropriate special education services, which will ensure services are provided when specified in student’s IEP and students with disabilities will have access to educational opportunities as non-disabled students;
- Coordinating and facilitating the day to day participation of LEA special education personnel and utilizing other available resources to improve special education services in accordance with the provisions of the local plan and the decisions made by the Superintendents’ Council;
- Providing resources to the Community Advisory Committee. EC 56205(a) (12(C).