Special Education


The Panel will meet virtually three times this year. The meeting dates for 2020-21 are as follows:

  • October 22, 2020 (9:00 – 11:00 AM) and October 23, 2020 (9:00 – 11:00 AM)
  • February 11, 2021 (9:00 – 11:00 AM) and February 12, 2021 (9:00 – 11:00 AM)
  • May 13, 2021 (9:00 – 11:30 AM)* and May 14, 2021 (9:00 – 11:00 AM)

*There is a 30 minute public comment session scheduled on May 13, 2021 from 11:00 – 11:30 AM.  Individual comment is limited to five minutes.


CAP Meeting Agendas                                                                           2020-21

May 13-14, 2021 CAP Meeting Agenda PDF document

February 11-12, 2021 CAP Meeting Agenda PDF document

October 22-23, 2020 CAP Meeting Agenda PDF document

CAP Meeting Minutes                                                                           2020-21

Minutes from the February 2021 Meeting PDF document

Minutes from the October 2020 Meeting PDF document


Minutes from the May 2020 Meeting PDF document

Minutes from the November 2019 Meeting PDF document


Minutes from the May 2019 Meeting  PDF document

Minutes from the February – March 2019 Meeting PDF document

Minutes from the November 2018 Meeting  PDF document


Minutes from the May 2018 Meeting PDF document

Minutes from the February 2018 Meeting  PDF document

Minutes from the November 2017 Meeting PDF document

Public Participation

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 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:

  • name;
  • organization;
  • address;
  • email address;
  • phone number; and
  • topic on which you intend to speak.


The By-laws identify CAP responsibilities and membership.

Annual Report

CAP's Annual Report includes accomplishments for 2019-20. PDF document

If you would like to express your concerns to the Panel, email Special Education. For more information, please call 518-473-2878.

Last Updated: August 2, 2021