In June 2017, the Governor issued an Executive Order abolishing the State Advisory Panel for Exceptional Children and creating the new State Advisory Council for Exceptional Children. The duties of the council are to:
• Advise the Department of Education, Board of Education, Education Professional Standards Board, and School Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability Council of unmet needs and desired program changes within the Commonwealth related to the education of children with disabilities, including the suggestion of corrective action plans and personnel development needs;
• Review and comment on rules or regulations proposed by the Commonwealth relating to the education of children with disabilities and the procedures for distribution of funds under Part B of Public Law 101-476;
• Review and comment on written findings of fact and decisions from due process hearings, including other reports issued by federal and state authorities relating to exceptional children;
• Advise the Kentucky Department of Education, the Justice Cabinet and other public agencies on eligible students with disabilities in state and local prisons;
• Provide opportunities for public input through regularly scheduled public hearings or during general meetings.
The State Advisory Council for Exceptional Children is comprised of 15-21 voting members appointed by the Governor, the majority of whom shall be individuals with disabilities or parents of children with disabilities ages birth through 26, including:
• Two individuals with disabilities or exceptional needs;
• One parent of an exceptional child ages birth through 12 years;
• One parent of an exceptional child ages 13 through 26 years;
• One elementary special education teacher;
• One middle or secondary special education teacher;
• One higher education member who trains and prepares special education teachers;
• One private sector administrator of programs for exceptional children;
• One local education administrator of programs for exceptional children, who shall also be experienced with the McKinney-Vento Act;
• One child welfare agency member responsible for foster care;
• At least one representative of state juvenile or adult correction agencies involved in the delivery of services to disabled children;
• One state education official who carries out activities associated with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act;
• At least one state agency member involved in the financing or delivery of services to children with disabilities;
• One member of vocational, community or business organizations concerned with the provision of services to disabled children;
• At least one representative of private schools or public charter schools; and
• Up to six additional members meeting the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) as articulated in 20 USC 1412.
Meeting Frequency: The panel meets a minimum of four times each year, in various locations throughout the state.