Community Advisory Committee (CAC)

  • About the CAC
    The Community Advisory Committee, (CAC), is a parent-run group established by the state to give parents a voice in Special Education implementation. This vibrant group of parents and professionals gathers monthly to share and learn about how special education is making a difference in the educational lives of its students.  The general meetings are attended by representatives from local regional centers, school district departments and city departments.

    Whether you are a parent of a special needs child, teach someone with special needs, or if you are a community member who desires to make a difference, join us!  Come share your views on Special Education, receive training in topics related to Special Education and network with other families and District personnel.

    Our Mission
    The Community Advisory Committee is a collaborative partnership between parents of children with disabilities and PUSD staff to promote positive experiences that result in educational and social advancement for students.  We are committed to the acceptance of all students with diverse needs through strong advocacy, education, and community involvement.

    Our Vision

    • The CAC will have an influential role in the decisions the PUSD BOE and leadership makes that impact Special Education students.
    • A positive shift in PUSD school culture where General Education staff work collaboratively with Special Education staff to meet the diverse needs of all students.
    • All PUSD Special Education students will be serviced in the best interest of the child.
    • CAC parent members will be actively involved in every PUSD school.
    • There will be active and meaningful participation by families and community in the monthly CAC general meetings.
    • Having an interactive CAC website for consistent delivery of information.
    • A resource network for parents, PUSD staff, and community.
    • Being self-supportive through grants and fundraising.

    Our Purpose

    • Advise and assist in the development, revision and review of the Local Plan for Special Education.
    • Recommend annual priorities to be addressed by the Local plan.
    • Encourage parent and community involvement in the development, revision and review of the Local Plan and in the implementation of related duties.
    • Have a basic understanding of and familiarity with the laws and regulations, which impact programs for students with special education needs.
    • Advocate for or lobby against legislation and issues related to special education.
    • Promote parent and community education programs and services including a parent handbook and newsletter.
    • Support school and community activities on behalf of students with exceptional needs.
    • Prepare a periodic reports of CAC activities for the School Board and Superintendent.
    • Support activities on behalf of individuals with exceptional needs.