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Wisconsin Council on Special Education

March 2019 Public Forum of the Wisconsin State Superintendent's Advisory Council on Special Education

The special education council will hold an online public forum from March 6 to 13.

The public forum is electronic and distributed to parents by local CESAs, school districts, community organizations, and family support agencies.

A link to submit comments will be available on the DPI Advisory Council on Special Education web page on March 6.

The purpose of this public forum is to assist council members in advising the State Superintendent of Public Instruction on the educational needs of students who receive special education through an Individualized Education Program.

The Public Forum allows the State Superintendent’s Advisory Council on Special Education to:

• Listen to families, school administrators, educators, community representatives, etc.

• Gather input on the unique challenges and successes of special education in Wisconsin

• Advise the State Superintendent and the Department of Public Instruction.

• Hear about any topic upon which people may choose to comment.

A flyer for this forum is available here.

For more information on this public forum please contact Rita Fuller, rita.fuller@dpi.wi.gov.

An Advisory Council to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act [20 U.S.C. Chapter 33], Sec. 300.167-300.169 and Wisconsin Statutes, Section 15.377(4)

The mission of the Council on Special Education is to promote the education of children with disabilities by providing broad based input to the Department of Public Instruction.

The Council on Special Education is a committee appointed by the state superintendent to advise the Department of Public Instruction and its Division for Learning Support (DLS) in matters related to the education of all children with disabilities in Wisconsin.

The Council's duties include:

  • advising the state education agency of unmet needs in the education of children with disabilities within the state.
  • advising the state education agency in developing evaluations and reporting on data to the federal department of education.
  • advising the state education agency in developing plans to address findings identified in federal monitoring reports.
  • advising the state education agency in developing and implementing policies relating to the coordination of services for children with disabilities and on any other matters upon which the state superintendent wishes the Council's opinion.
  • commenting publicly on any rules proposed by the department regarding the education of children with disabilities.
  • reviewing the findings of facts, and decisions of hearings and appeals brought before the state superintendent.

Citizens may wish to contact the Council with suggestions or concerns regarding:

  • child find activities
  • child and parent rights
  • due process
  • individualized education program development and usage
  • inservice activities
  • least restrictive environment
  • operation of the multidisciplinary team
  • placements
  • use of federal funds
Current Council Chairperson:
Jennifer Mims Howell
Senior Director of Specialized Services
Milwaukee Public Schools
Office: 414-438-3648
 

How to nominate a person to serve on the Council: Nomination Form

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, supports projects that provide information and technical assistance to states, local schools, educational professionals and families. One of the projects provides resources to members of State Advisory Panels (SAP) (known in Wisconsin as the State Superintendent’s Advisory Council on Special Education). SAP project website

For questions about this information, contact DPI Sped Team (608) 266-1781