State Advisory Council on the Education of Children with Disabilities (SAC)
The Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA 2004) at 34 CFR § 300.167-169 and state law IC 20-35-3 require Indiana to maintain a State Advisory Council to assist the State on the education of students with disabilities. Members of the State Advisory Council must be citizens of Indiana who are representative of the state's population and selected on the basis of their involvement in or concern with the education of children with disabilities. A majority of the members must be individuals with disabilities or the parents of children with disabilities. Members must also include teachers, state and local education officials, program administrators, representatives of various state agencies, representatives of higher education institutions that prepare special education and related service personnel, representatives of nonpublic schools, and representatives of vocational, community, or business organizations concerned with the provision of transitional services to children with disabilities.
- To advise the state superintendent of public instruction and the state board of education regarding all rules pertaining to children with disabilities.
- To recommend approval or rejection of completed comprehensive plans for delivery of special education and related services submitted by school corporations acting individually or on a joint school services program basis with other corporations.
- To advise the department of education of unmet needs within the state in the education of children with disabilities.
- To comment publicly on any rules or regulations proposed by the state board of education regarding the education on children with disabilities;
- To advise the department of education in developing evaluations and reporting data to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education under 20 U.S.C. 1418;
- To advise the department of education in developing corrective action plans to address findings identified in federal monitoring reports under U.S.C. §1400 et seq.; and,
- To advise the department of education in developing and implementing policies related to the coordination of services for children with disabilities.
Meetings dates are listed below. All meetings of the State Advisory Council on the Education of Children with Disabilities (“SAC”) are open to the public, and a 48-hour advance notice of each meeting is posted in the reception area of the Indiana Department of Education offices located at 115 West Washington Street, South Tower, Suite 600, Indianapolis, Indiana. SAC meetings begin at 9:30 a.m. and are held at the Central Indiana Education Service Center, Indianapolis, Indiana, unless otherwise noted on the agenda for the specific meeting date. Approximately two weeks prior to the meeting date, an agenda for the upcoming meeting is posted farther below. If you have input to share with the State Advisory Council on the Education of Children with Disabilities, please click this “Contact the Council” link to submit the information.
Upcoming Council Meeting Dates
- November 13, 2020
- March 12, 2021
- June 11, 2021
- September 10, 2021
- November 12, 2021
A summary of each meeting, including copies of the meeting materials, is posted online following its approval by a council vote at a subsequent meeting.
Prior Years' Meeting Summaries
- A copy of the upcoming meeting agenda is posted here approximately two weeks prior to each Council meeting. A list of scheduled meeting dates is posted above.