ERIC Number: ED454639
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
State Special Education Advisory Panels: Changes since the Passage of the 1997 Amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Miller, Diane L.
This document presents findings from interviews conducted to obtain information on changes that have occurred in state Special Education Advisory Panels (SEAPs) since the passage of the 1997 amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The interviews investigated general organizational changes, SEAP involvement in the State Improvement Grant (SIG) process, and SEAP involvement in the Continuous Improvement Monitoring Process. Information was obtained through a telephone interview process involving SEAPs in Connecticut, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Interviewees reported minimal changes to SEAP size and more noticeable changes in membership composition following the 1997 amendments to IDEA. Changes in composition were commonly reported to be the result of the "special rule of majority," which states that a majority must be individuals with disabilities or parents of children with disabilities. SEAP roles and responsibilities were overwhelmingly perceived to have increased. The SIG and Continuous Improvement Monitoring Processes were seen to have contributed significantly to the expanded involvement of SEAPs in state activities. Interviewees expressed the belief that SEAP members have become empowered as never before to raise and address issues of major concern to individuals with disabilities. The interview protocol is included in the report. (CR)
Descriptors: Advisory Committees, Disabilities, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Interviews, Parent Empowerment, Parent Participation, Parent Role, Participative Decision Making, Policy Formation, State Programs
National Association of State Directors of Special Education, 1800 Diagonal Rd., Suite 320, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-519-3800; Tel: 703-519-7008 (TDD); Fax: 703-519-3808. For full text: http://www.nasdse.org/forum.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut; Idaho; Maryland; Massachusetts; Montana; Nebraska; Ohio; Pennsylvania
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments 1997