SEPAC is a state-mandated, district-level, parent-driven advisory council that provides input to the local school board on system-level challenges in special education and related services

A SEPAC gives parents the opportunity to provide direct input to their school district about policies, programs, practices, and services that have an impact on students with disabilities and their families. An effective SEPAG can increase the proactive involvement of families by inviting input that can be used to shape local special education policy. 

An effective SEPAC that uses parental input can: 

  • help improve educational outcomes and well-being for all students including those with disabilities

  • help identify unmet needs; 

  • help shape the development of programs, services, and policies

  • improve district culture and climate

You can find more resources below:

Special Education Parent Advisory Groups in New Jersey: A Guide to Developing and Conducting an Effective Group