Committee on Preschool Special Education Membership | Policy 7611

The Board of Education shall appoint a Committee on Preschool Special Education CPSE) comprising the following numbers:

Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) Membership

a) The parent(s)of the child;
b) At least one regular education teacher of such child (if the child is, or may be, participating in the regular education environment);
c) At least one special education teacher or, where appropriate, at least one special education provider (i.e., related service provider) of such child;
d) A representative of the School District who is qualified to provide, or supervise the provision of, specially-designed instruction to meet the unique needs of children with disabilities who is knowledgeable about the general curriculum and about the availability of resources of the District (who shall serve as Chairperson of the CPSE);
e) An individual who can interpret the instructional implications of evaluation results, who may be a member of the team selected from the regular education teacher, the special education teacher or provider, or the School District representative described above;
f) At the discretion of the parent or the District, other individuals who have knowledge or special expertise regarding the child, including related services personnel as appropriate;
g) Whenever appropriate, the student with a disability.
h) A parent of a child with a disability who resides in the School District and whose child is enrolled in a preschool or elementary level education program provided that such parent shall not be employed by or under contract with the School District or municipality;
i) For any meetings prior to the initial recommendation for a child for whom services are first being sought, a professional who participated in the evaluation of the child, or an appropriate professional employed by the School District, other than the Chairperson, the child’s teacher, or some other person present at the meeting who is knowledgeable about the evaluation procedures used with the child and is familiar with the results of the evaluation, as described in Education Law. Nothing would prohibit or limit the parent or parents of the preschool child from choosing to invite the evaluator to attend and to participate in the meeting and the evaluator from participating at their invitation, provided, however that no approved evaluator shall vote on a Committee recommendation except as a required by federal law;
j) For a child’s transition from early intervention programs and services (Infant and Toddler Programs), the appropriately licensed or certified professional from the Department of Health’s Early Intervention Program. This professional must attend all meetings of the CPSE conducted prior to the child’s initial receipt of services; and
k) An appropriately certified or licensed professional from the municipality. Attendance of the appointee of the municipality is not required for a quorum.

Education Law Section 4410
20 United States Code (U.S.C.) Sections 1400-1485,
Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
34 Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) Part 300
8 New York Code of Rules and Regulations (NYCRR)
Sections 200.2(b)(3) and 200.3

Adopted 09/27/99