Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

Michigan’s Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandated state advisory panel to the State Board of Education and the Michigan Department of Education.

The mission of the SEAC is to promote positive outcomes for all Michigan students with disabilities by:

  • Gathering, sharing and disseminating information.
  • Communicating with stakeholders.
  • Identifying unmet needs.
  • Collaborating with the Office of Special Education.
  • Advising the State Board of Education.

SEAC Seeking Applicants for 2020-2021

SEAC is accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Read the Membership in the Michigan Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) document to determine if you and/or your organization meets the requirements for membership.

We currently have the following openings:

Teri Pettit, Ed.S., SEAC Facilitator, PettitT4@michigan.gov


SEAC members are appointed by the State Board of Education. There are up to 33 members of the SEAC who represent a diverse group of stakeholders (parents, administrators, service providers, advocates, and consumers) concerned with the education of all children, including students with disabilities.

Meeting Information

The SEAC meets at the Lansing Community College (LCC) West Campus on the first Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. unless indicated otherwise on the schedule. The public is welcome to attend meetings and must sign-in by completing a visitor registration form at the meeting.

2019-2020 SEAC Meeting Schedule
Date Location Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes
10/3/19 LCC - West Campus October Draft Agenda October Minutes
11/6/19 LCC - West Campus November Draft Agenda November Minutes
12/4/19 LCC - West Campus December Draft Agenda December Minutes
1/8/20 Committee Phone Meetings N/A N/A
2/5/20 Zoom Meeting (9 a.m.-noon) February Draft Agenda February Minutes
3/4/20 LCC - West Campus March Draft Agenda March Minutes
4/1/20 LCC - West Campus Canceled Canceled
5/6/20 Zoom Meeting (9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.) May Draft Agenda May Minutes
6/3/20 Zoom Meeting (9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.) June Draft Agenda  

Annual Report

As part of its duties, the SEAC annually submits a report on its activities to the State Education Agency.

SEAC Governance

​Public Comment

In 2019 the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) determined the procedure governing State Advisory Panels, specifically the requirement meetings be open to the public, is no longer required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

While SEAC will continue to open its meetings to the public, we will no longer provide a time of public comment as we are merely an advisory committee "not legally capable of rendering a final decision," (Attorney General (AG) Opinion #6935). 

We advise those interested in providing public comment to attend a State Board of Education meeting where public comment is welcomed. For additional information please refer to the document Public Participation in State Board of Education Meetings.