The Panel meets three times each year. The next meeting for the 2015-16 school year is June 2, 2016 (11:00 AM-5:00 PM) and June 3, 2016 (8:30 AM-12:30 PM). The meeting dates for 2016-17 are as follows:
- November 3, 2016 (11:00 AM – 5:00 PM) and November 4, 2016 (8:30 AM – 12:30 PM)
- February 2, 2017 (11:00 AM – 5:00 PM) and February 3, 2017 (8:30 AM – 12:30 PM)
- June 1, 2017 (11:00 AM – 5:00 PM) and June 2, 2017 (8:30 AM – 12:30 PM)
Minutes from the November 2015 Meeting (Minutes are available to the public after they have been approved and accepted by the Panel at their next scheduled meeting.)
Public comment is encouraged. Meetings are open and accessible to the public. All meetings include an opportunity for public comment. Thirty minutes of the first day of the Panel session, from 11:30-12:00, is devoted to public comment.
Comment should focus on special education policy issues and, if possible, include recommendations to address those issues. Information provided should be factual, objective and not include the names of any districts/agencies, district or agency personnel and/or children or families. Comment related to child or district specific issues and/or those related to complaints or impartial hearing will not be accepted.
Comment may be provided in person at the meeting or in writing to the Office of Special Education or to any member of the Commissioner’s Advisory Panel. Written comment must be submitted two weeks prior to the meeting. It will be shared with members and read at the meeting. Anonymous comment will not be accepted. Comment may be limited to five minutes. Language must be respectful and appropriate. The chairperson reserves the right to terminate the speaker if these guidelines are violated.
If intending to provide public comment at a meeting, please call (518) 473-2878 or email Special Education at least two weeks prior to the scheduled meeting. Please provide at least three weeks notice if accommodations for a disability (i.e., interpreting services) are required. Written comments may be faxed to (518) 473-5387 or mailed to:
New York State Education Department
Office of Special Education
89 Washington Avenue
Room 309 EB
Albany, NY 12234
Attn: Commissioner’s Advisory Panel for Special Education Services
Please provide the following information when registering to provide comment:
- email address;
- phone number; and
- topic on which you intend to speak.
The By-laws identify CAP responsibilities and membership.
The Proposed Annual Plan identifies CAP responsibilities and proposed activities for each meeting related to those responsibilities.
CAP's Annual Report includes accomplishments for 2014-15.
If you would like to express your concerns to the Panel, email Special Education. For more information, please call 518-473-2878.