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Special Education Resources

We encourage families to review their rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), read the Parent Handbook developed by the Northwest Santa Clara County Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), and review procedural safeguards as set by the California Education Code.

Procedural Safeguards

Educational law recognizes the value of parental input when decisions are made about the educational needs of a child. Decisions are to be made cooperatively with parents, school personnel, and other persons with special knowledge of a child with the development of an educational plan appropriate to a child’s unique needs. To ensure that your child receives the education to which they are entitled, your involvement is imperative.

Review procedural safeguards: English | Spanish | Chinese (simplified) (traditional) | Filipino | Vietnamese 

Community Advisory Committee for Special Education (CAC-SE)

The Community Advisory Committee for Special Education (CAC-SE) is composed of parents, educators, and community members interested in ensuring that every special education student in San José Unified is getting the highest quality programs and services. Learn about CAC-SE or join a meeting. 

SELPA IV Local Plan

A Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) is a group of school districts, charter schools, and County Offices of Education who provide special education and related services to eligible students with disabilities.  San José Unified is assigned to Santa Clara County SELPA IV along with the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

Each SELPA is required to develop and implement a comprehensive local plan describing how it will provide special education services to eligible students with disabilities who reside within the geographic areas served by the plan. Elements of the local plan include the provision of a free appropriate public eduction (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment, child find and referral, procedural safeguards, participation in statewide assessments, staff development programs, local administration, coordination with other public and private agencies, and management of fiscal responsibilities.

Browse the SELPA IV local plan and supporting documents: