What is the CAC


 

What is the Community Advisory Committee?

 

Short Answer: Support group for families with children in Oakland's special ed programs and those who serve them. 

 

Thorough Answer:

The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is a state mandated consortium of parents, teachers, administrators and community members who advocate on behalf of students receiving Special Education services in our Special Education Local Plan Area.   

Under California Ed Code, the community advisory committee “shall have the authority and fulfill the responsibilities that are defined for it in the local plan. The responsibilities shall include, but need not be limited to, all the following:  (a) Advising the policy and administrative entity of the special education local plan area regarding the development, amendment, and review of the local plan. The entity shall review and consider comments from the community advisory committee; (b) Recommending annual priorities to be addressed by the plan; (c) Assisting in parent education and in recruiting parents and other volunteers who may contribute to the implementation of the plan; (d) Encouraging community involvement in the development and review of the local plan; (e) Supporting activities on behalf of individuals with exceptional needs; (f) Assisting in parent awareness of the importance of regular school attendance.”

We invite you to attend our monthly Special Education Parents and Community Group/CAC meetings which are normally held on the first Monday of every school month from 7pm – 9pm.  This is a great opportunity for you to learn about Special Education services, ask questions of the administrators, socialize, and build a network with other parents and guardians, professionals and community members.