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Special Education Listserv

Subject: Opportunity for Public Comments to Missouri's Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP)

Source: Missouri Special Education Advisory Panel

Intended Audience: Special Education Stakeholders      

Date: March 9, 2012

As stakeholders in the education of children with disabilities in Missouri, you are invited and encouraged to share comments to Missouri's Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP).  The SEAP is comprised of educators, administrators, state agency representatives, parents, and persons with disabilities.  The quarterly meetings are open to the public and there is a time for public comment on every meeting's agenda. 

For meeting information, please visit: DESE Special Education Advisory Panel webpage: or contact Lina Browner at 573-751-5739 or email:

The public may also submit comments to the panel via email at or through the DESE Webpage:

We welcome and encourage comments regarding concerns or issues faced by students with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who work with them.  For example, the SEAP has addressed such issues as transitioning to adult services, positive behavior supports, seclusion and restraint, and due process hearings related to special education.

This is a private SEAP committee email address and is not accessed or monitored by DESE.  It will be viewed by the SEAP's public comment committee members only. The comments will be shared with the full SEAP Panel at quarterly meetings.  The Sunshine Law requires that records of the SEAP be available for public review.  While we will not publicly identify you when discussing your comment, if a Sunshine law request is made, the record with your name would be produced.  When you submit comments to the Advisory Panel you should not include any personally identifiable information regarding a child or other individual parties.  While responses cannot be made to your individual comments, public comments received will be shared with the Panel as examples of issues concerning the special education community. 

By working together, we can positively impact special education in Missouri.  Thank you!

SEAP Public Comment subcommittee members:

  Patricia Kopetz, higher education representative

  Diana Taylor-Soole, parent representative

  Judy Ray, special education teacher representative