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Special Education Advisory Council

The purpose of the Kansas State Special Education Advisory Council is to provide policy guidance to the State Board of Education with respect to special education and related services for children with disabilities in the state.  The Council meets as mandated by both the State and Federal Legislation.  Council membership is made up of stakeholders throughout the state with the majority being individuals with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities.  The State Board of Education makes the appointments to vacated positions on the Council during the month of June each year.

 Special Education Advisory Council Nomination Form 2014

Public Input Ground Rules
The following are procedures to follow when providing public input to the State Special Education Advisory Council.  Your input can be verbal or written.

Submitting Written Public Comments

  • The public may submit comments in written form to be read by the chairperson and/or distributed at Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) meetings during the public input session, if unable to present in person.
  • Written comments can be submitted via email, mail, or fax to the chairperson or State Educational Agency and received at least three business days prior to the scheduled meeting.  Any written comments submitted after that time will be read and/or distributed at a later SEAC meeting.
  • Written input must include the name, address and county of residence of the person submitting comment.  Specific issues about a particular student should be addressed to the Kansas State Department of Education, Special Education Services Team rather than the SEAC.

Your written comments will be taken under advisement by the panel.  If anyone needs special assistance to participate in the public input session, every effort will be made to provide the accommodation.  When requesting accommodations for public input, please allow no less than three business days notice prior to the scheduled meeting.

Submitting Verbal Public Comment

  • In person, only through prior notification to the Council Administrative Assistant
    • The public (non panel members) should sit in the guest section.
    • Refer to the panel agenda for the designated time period to provide public input.
    • The limit for verbal comments is five minutes.  You will be given a verbal cue one minute before your time is up.  With prior agreement of the SEAC Chairperson, a statement may be extended beyond five minutes.
    • You will be asked to share your name, organization, and topic.
    • Please keep your comments factual and objective.
    • Avoid using names of students or staff members.  If your issue is relating to a specific issue with your child, remember you have a right to request mediation, file a complaint with the Kansas State Department of Education, or request a due process hearing.  For more information, talk with your local school district director.
    • Your comments will be taken under advisement by the panel.
  • Through e-mail to SEAC Council Secretary
  • Through fax 785-291-3791

Emailed and faxed comments will be shared at a designated time, during regularly scheduled meetings.

Below is the schedule for public comment dates/times for the current year.  The members of the council will take comments under consideration.  Should public comments indicate the need for a council response or action, members will take comments under consideration and an official response will be made at a later time.  A Primer for Public Input is available on this website.

Place Time

 July 24, 2013
Orientation & regular meeting in conjunction with KSDE Leadership Conference July 24-26, 2013
*Public comment heard @ 3:15 pm

Wichita Hyatt
400 West Waterman
Wichita KS 67202
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
September 17, 2013
Regular meeting
*Public comment heard @ 11:45 am
KSDE - 2nd floor
East/West conf. rooms
120 SE 10th Ave.
Topeka KS
 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
November 20, 2013
Regular meeting
*Public comment heard @11:45 am
NOTE:  KSDE move to Landon State Office Building
KSDE - LSOB-Board Rm
900 SW Jackson Street
Topeka KS
 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
January 14-15 2014
Host Annual KSBE Breakfast @ 7:30 am
*Public comment heard @ 11:45 am both days
KSDE - LSOB-Room 254
900 SW Jackson Street
Topeka KS
14th 9-4
15th 7:30-1
April 15, 2014
Regular meeting
*Public comment heard @ 11:45 am
KSDE - LSOB-Room 254
900 SW Jackson Street
Topeka KS
 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

*To schedule time on the agenda for public comment or to submit written comments/materials to the SEAC please contact:
Kansas State Department of Education
Early Childhood, Special Education, and Title Services Team
Landon State Office Building
900 SW Jackson St., Suite 620
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1212
Phone:  785-291-3097

Fax:  785-291-3791

Primer for Public Input (PDF)
SEAC Brochure (PDF)
Bylaws (PDF)
Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) as it Relates to SEAC (PDF)
Members 2013-2014 (PDF)
Meeting Schedule 13-14 (PDF)
SEAC Travel Reimbursement Form (Word)

SEAC Meeting Minutes (Current Year)

Early Childhood, Special Education, and Title Services Team

Colleen Riley

Assistant Director
Doug Boline

Assistant Director
Sandy Guidry

Assistant Director
Kerry Haag

Assistant Director
Jana Rosborough

(Kansas Residents Only)

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Evelyn Alden

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