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The Citywide Council on Special Education

The Citywide Council on Special Education (CCSE) advocates on behalf of all students who have an Individualized Education Program. Nine of the eleven voting members of the CCSE are parents of students who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Two additional voting members are appointed by the Public Advocate and must have extensive experience and knowledge in education, training or employing individuals with disabilities. A high school senior who has an IEP is selected by the Chancellor’s Designee and serves as a non-voting member for one year. Council Members serve for two years. The new term begins on July 1 and ends on June 30.

The Business/Working Meetings are the 1st Thursday of each month and are held at the Tweed Courthouse @ 52 Chambers Street.

The Calendar/Public Meetings are the 3rd Thursday of the month and are held in a different borough each month. Sometimes the Business and Calendar meeting are held on the same day and location.

All meetings start at 6:00 p.m. At the Calendar meeting, parents who are interested in speaking are requested to sign-up starting at 5:45 p.m.


Citywide Council on Special Education Members:

  • Advise and comment on educational and instructional policy involving the provision of special education services
  • Issues an annual report on the effectiveness of the city in providing services to special education students, make recommendation, when appropriate, on how to improve the efficiency and delivery of such services
  • Hold at least one meeting per month open to the public during which the public may discuss issues facing students with IEP’s
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