Members are appointed by the state superintendent for alternating three-year terms beginning in September of each year. The membership requirements for the Council on Special Education were changed with the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997 [Sec.612 (a)(21)]. Membership includes the following representation:
- parents of children with disabilities
- individuals with disabilities
- teachers (certified regular education and certified special education)
- representatives of institutions of higher education that prepare special education and related services personnel
- state and local education officials (school board members, school district administrators)
- administrators of programs for children with disabilities (special education directors, pupil services directors)
- representatives of other state agencies involved in the financing or delivery of related services to children with disabilities
- representatives of private schools and public charter schools
- at least one representative of a vocational, community, or business organization concerned with the provision of transition services to children with disabilities
- representatives from the state juvenile and adult corrections agencies
- representative from the state child welfare agency
A majority of the members shall be individuals with disabilities or parents of children with disabilities.
2019-20 Council on Special Education's current membership roster.