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Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC)

The Washington State Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) is established through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to advise the State Superintendent on matters pertaining to the provision of special education and related services. WAC 392-172A-07060 provides additional information on the establishment and purpose of the SEAC.

The SEAC consists of members appointed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction who are committed to quality education for children with disabilities. The council consists of individuals from across the state in many areas of expertise and interest. The SEAC members focus on statewide issues impacting special education. The SEAC believes that all students with disabilities have the right to a free and appropriate public education in a safe environment that is conducive to learning.

If you are interested in being considered a member of the SEAC, please complete an application and mail it along with a current resume' to OSPI – Special Education, SEAC Executive Assistant, PO Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200 or email it to SEAC@k12.wa.us.

Meeting Information

The SEAC invites parents of students qualified for special education, special education directors, superintendents, principals, teachers, paraeducators, and the community to attend an informational reception which will be scheduled for the evening before the SEAC two-day meetings. (See schedule below.) The SEAC is hosting these community events to provide information about the SEAC's role in the state and schools.

The SEAC conducts three two-day public meetings throughout the school year. The meetings begin at 8:30a.m. adjourning at 4:30p.m., with public comment beginning at 2:30p.m. Public comment will be amended and the meeting will continue with the next agenda item if there are no members of the public in attendance who would like to comment. Parties interested in providing public comment may contact the SEAC Executive Assistant at 360-725-6075 or by email at SEAC@k12.wa.us no later than three business days before the event. SEAC Bylaws Article VII, Section 5-Public Participation

Accommodations at the SEAC meetings for Persons with Disabilities
To arrange accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact the SEAC Executive Assistant at 360-725-6075, TTY (360) 664-3631 or by email, SEAC@k12.wa.us no later than three business days before this event. Please note that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does not require OSPI to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden.

If you have questions, feel free to contact SEAC@k12.wa.us or call 360-725-6075.

2019-20 SEAC Meeting Dates

August 16, 2019, 8:30 am-4:30 pm
South Puget Sound Community College, Lacey Campus
4220 6th Avenue SE, Lacey, WA

October 9-10, 2019, 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Community Forum, October 9, 2019, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm
Location: tentatively Cape Flattery, WA

February 12-13, 2020, 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Community Forum, February 12, 2020, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm
Location: tentatively Eatonville, WA

May 13-14, 2020, 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Community Forum, May 13, 2020, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm
Location: tentatively Medical Lake, WA

Related Documents

SEAC Recommendations/Positions

School Year 2018-19

February 2019

November 2018

Meeting Information and Annual Reports

Date Location Agenda Minutes Annual Reports
May 8-9, 2019 Yakima - ESD 105, 33 S. 2nd Ave., Yakima, WA PDF    
February 6-7, 2019 Olympia - Governor Hotel, 621 Capitol Way S, Olympia, WA PDF February 6 | February 7  
November 7-8, 2018 Renton - Puget Sound ESD - 800 Oakesdale Ave SW, Renton, WA PDF November 7 | November 8  
July 19, 2018 Capital Event Center, ESD 113, 6005 Tyee Dr SW, Tumwater, WA PDF July 19 2017-18
May 9-10, 2018 Ellensburg - Central Washington University Campus, 127 Black Hall, Ellensburg, WA 98926 PDF May 9 | May 10
February 7-8, 2018 Oxford Suites, 4051 Meridian St, Bellingham, WA 98226 PDF February 7 | February 8
October 11-12, 2017 Vancouver ESD 112, 2500 N.E. 65th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98661-6812 PDF October 11 | October 12
May 10-11, 2017 NCESD, Wenatchee PDF May 10 | May 11 2016-17
February 8-9, 2017 OSPI, Olympia PDF February 8 | February 9
October 12-13, 2016 Silverdale PDF October 12 | October 13
May 5 and 6, 2016 Spokane PDF May 5 | May 6 2015-16
February 4 and 5, 2016 OSPI, Olympia PDF February 4 | February 5
October 7 and 8, 2015 Anacortes PDF

October 7 | October 8

May 6 and 7, 2015 Vancouver PDF May 6 | May 7 2014-15
February 4 and 5, 2015 OSPI, Olympia PDF

Feb 4, Feb 5

September 18 and 19, 2014 Federal Way PDF Sept. 18, Sept. 19

*Copies of annual reports may also be obtained by calling OSPI Special Education at (360) 725-6075, TTY (360) 664-3631.

   Updated 5/20/2019

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