Open Meeting Law

MassPAC Home SEPAC Basic Toolkit A Change with respect to following the Open Meeting Law For many years, MassPAC had been advocating that the MA Open Meeting Law should not govern SEPAC activities.  SEPACs have an open and undetermined membership (open to all interested parties) and areRead more

Mission Statement/Annual Goals

MassPAC Home SEPAC Basic Toolkit   Why do SEPACs Exist? SEPACs that have a clear mission tend to be productive and effective. Your SEPAC should review the Massachusetts laws regarding SEPACs to help define their role in the community. A mission statement can guide the actions ofRead more

By-Laws

MassPAC Home SEPAC Basic Toolkit Following the Rules Under Massachusetts law, SEPACs can establish by-laws regarding officers and operational procedures. By-laws are rules that define how your group operates. A formal structure or framework for conducting SEPAC business can help your SEPAC be effective in an orderlyRead more

Advising the District

MassPAC Home SEPAC Basic Toolkit     Additional Ways - How parents can get involved to advise their communities!Identifying Issues/Member SurveysAdvising the School Committee/Annual Reports A SEPAC is primarily an advisory group. The members represent a broader group of people (all parents of children receiving special education servicesRead more

Advising the School Committee/Annual Reports

Massachusetts regulations state that the SEPAC should “advise the School Committee on matters that pertain to the education and safety of students with disabilities”.  Building a relationship with the School Committee is very important.  The SEPAC should develop a plan to attend School Committee meetings and/or assign

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Identifying Issues/Member Surveys

A SEPAC needs to have a good pulse on the state of special education in the school district. To learn what the concerns are among parents, many SEPACs conduct a “needs assessment” to identify the greatest areas of need and to assist the SEPAC to meet its

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Additional Ways – How parents can get involved to advise their communities!

MassPAC Home SEPAC Basic Toolkit    Task ForceLocal Boards of HealthPTA/PTOMunicipal Commission on DisabilitySchool CommitteeSchool Site CouncilDESE Advisory Councils TASK FORCE Task forces are time-bound and outcome-focused groups that are convened to support an organization or district’s mission, strategic objectives or program activities. Parent voice would beRead more

FCSN Networking Series

Are you a Special Education Surrogate Parent, PCTI trained Parent Consultant, or SEPAC Officer? If so, register for an upcoming Networking Series!   The Networking Series is a collaborative effort of the Recruitment, Training and Support Center (RTSC), Parent Consultant Training Institute (PCTI), and MassPAC projects of the Federation for

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SEPAC Basic Toolkit

SEPAC Basic Toolkit
MassPAC Home Advising the DistrictBy-LawsMission Statement/Annual GoalsOpen Meeting LawPublicityPublic Records LawBuilding MembershipFund-RaisingAnnual Calendar/Meetings MassPAC has collected information to help you start, maintain and grow your local Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). The advice given on this website covers a wide range of ideas and should be tailoredRead more

Accessing the Information Center

Accessing the Information Center

The Information Center is a free service for military-connected and civilian parents and professionals with questions about special education. It is staffed from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday, with trained volunteers and information specialists knowledgeable about federal / state special education laws and procedures

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