SPECIAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE

This year, I am chairing the Special Education Committee of the Board of Education.

The purpose of the Special Education Committee is to inform parents, the school community, and others about the Los Angeles Unified Special Education Local Planning Area’s (SELPA’s) work on behalf of students with disabilities (which includes Independent Charter Schools that belong to the LAUSD SELPA).

The Committee will address the following questions:

  • How does the District identify, locate, and evaluate students who may have a disability?
  • What is an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and how is it developed to address a child’s individualized needs?
  • How does the District meet its responsibility to ensure that parents have meaningful participation in the IEP process so that families are included?
  • How can parents join the District in advocating for adequate resources and policy changes at the federal and state level to better serve all students?

When: Meetings will take place the 2nd Thursday of every other month.

Special Ed Committee to meet on May 12, 2022

Agenda

 

May 12, 2022 5 pm

Agenda

When: Meetings will take place the 2nd Thursday of every other month.

·       September 9, 2021

·       November 4, 2021 (1st Thursday)*

·       January 13, 2022

·       March 10, 2022

·       May 12, 2022

Time: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Location: Zoom

Committee Members

Mr. Scott M. Schmerelson, Chairperson

Ms. Jackie Goldberg, Board Member

Dr. George J. McKenna, III, Board Member

District Members

Deneen Cox, Chief Compliance and Performance Monitoring Counsel

Dr. Larisa Crookston, Director Related Services

Oscar Rodriguez, Coordinating Specialist, Operations

External Representatives

Charlotte Buchanan, District Employee

Jose Calderon, Parent & Community Member

Manuel Carrasco, Parent

Kelley Coleman, Parent

Fabiola Contreras, Parent

Vanessa Frnzyan, District Teacher

Tiffaniy Gardner, Parent with ROSLA

Elizabeth Thomas-Parker, Vice President, SEIU Local 99

Charity F. Johnson, Parent

Ashli Lambkins, Parent

Gloria Martinez, UTLA

Daniel Miller, District Employee

Alberta Moore, Parent

Marta Munoz, District Employee

Griselda Sandoval, Parent

Jolan Smith, Assistant Professor CSULB

Shalita Williams, CAC Representative/Parent

Dr. Andrea Zetlin, Professor Emerita CSULA

Committee Members

  • Mr. Scott M. Schmerelson, Chairperson
  • Ms. Jackie Goldberg, Board Member
  • Dr. George J. McKenna, III, Board Member

External Representatives

  • Ms. Amita Shenoy, Parent
  • Ms. Victoria Rivera, Parent
  • Ms. Vani Gundara, Parent
  • Ms. Claudia Lozano, Parent
  • Ms. Hilda Rodriguez-Guzman, Parent
  • Ms. Gloria Martinez, UTLA
  • Ms. Jannette Verbera, SEIU, Local 99
  • Dr. Beth Lasky, California State University, Northridge

District Members

  • Ms. Deneen Cox, Chief Compliance and Performance Monitoring Counsel
  • Ms. Niru Jayaraman, Assistant Budget Director
  • Mr. Aaron Jeffery, Administrator, Special Education
  • Ms. Lisa Kendrick, Administrator of Special Education, Local District Northwest
  • Mr. Ryan Morse, Principal, Leichman Career Preparatory and Transition Center
  • Mr. Marco Tolj, Administrator, Special Education
  • Mr. Mike Finn, Teacher, Marshall High School