Special Education Advisory Committee

The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to provide non-binding recommendations to the Office of Administrative Hearings for improvements to the special education hearing and mediation process. All Advisory Committee Meetings are public meetings.


The Advisory Committee is composed of the Southern California Region and the Northern California Region, with 11 volunteer members in each region. A minimum of six members in each region will be parents or those who represent parents and students. The five remaining members in each region are comprised of advocates, attorneys, and school employees among other interested stakeholders. 

In particular, the Advisory Committee will consult with OAH in areas such as revisions to the OAH website, forms, documents, scheduling procedures, staff training, training materials, the parent procedure manual, the consumer brochure, outreach to families, and proposed revisions to laws and rules.

The Interagency Agreement between the California Department of Education and the Office of Administrative Hearings and California Education Code section 56504.5, subdivision (c)(8) requires the establishment of a voluntary Advisory Committee.

CANCELLED: Meeting Schedule and Live Webcast- December 7, 2018

Due to unforeseen circumstances this meeting has been cancelled due to a lack of quorum.  

Please join us on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, via webcast for our next Special Education Advisory Committee Meeting.  Click to participate in the live webcast on December 7, 2018 (link for Webcast webpage will be uploaded closer to the date). Questions and/or comments during the meeting should be sent to  To participate in person, join us at one of these locations:

OAH Sacramento OAH Oakland
2349 Gateway Oaks, Suite 200 1515 Clay Street, Suite 206
Sacramento, CA 95833 Oakland, CA 94612

OAH Los Angeles OAH San Diego
320 West 4th Street, Suite 630 1515 Front Street., Suite 3005
Los Angeles, CA 90013 San Diego, CA  92101

If you have any questions about the meeting, please contact Laurie Crom at (916) 263-0411 or



Past Meeting Materials

Committee Members

Please contact a committee member if you have a suggestion to improve the mediation and hearing process at OAH.

Advisory Committee members list for the current fiscal year (pdf, new window)

Member Application

The Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) is accepting applications for the OAH Special Education Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee was established to assist OAH by providing non-binding recommendations for improvements to the special education hearing and mediation processes.

The Advisory Committee is composed of two regions, the Southern California Region and the Northern California Region. Beginning September 1, 2018, the Committee shall be composed of five members in Northern California and five members in Southern California with at least three members in each region to be parents of students with disabilities, advocates or attorneys who represent parents and students with disabilities. The remaining members in each region will be comprised of others interested in serving on the Advisory Committee. The Committee meets twice a year.  Each member serves a two-year term and cannot serve more than two consecutive terms

Expectations of Service:  Membership on the Advisory Committee is voluntary.  Each member is expected to fully participate and attend every meeting.  If a member is unable to attend a meeting, the member should contact Laurie Crom at


Removal from Advisory Committee:  If a member fails to attend two meetings, OAH may remove the member and appoint a replacement member to complete the term.  The replacement member will be selected to maintain the requirement that the Advisory Committee be composed of a majority of parents, advocates for parents, or attorneys for parents.  When selecting a replacement member, OAH shall consider the applicants who applied during the prior application period.


Meetings:  Advisory Committee meetings are held twice a year.  The meeting is generally held on the same day in each region in the fall (usually in October) and spring (usually in April or May) and is conducted via video conference.  Additional meetings may be held as needed.  Advisory Committee members are expected to attend every meeting and may be consulted between meetings.  All meetings are open to the public and a period of public comment will be included at each meeting.


Application Process:  If you wish to be a member of the Advisory Committee, please complete and return the attached application along with a one-page statement of interest describing your experience and interest in the Advisory Committee.  Failure to submit a complete application or statement of interest may result in the application not being considered.  Applications must be received no later than the close of business on August 1, 2018.


Selection Process:  Selection of the Advisory Committee members is at the discretion of OAH.  Members will be selected based on their role in the special education process (e.g. parent, attorney for parents and students, district representative, etc.) and stated interest for serving on the Advisory Committee.

Advisory Committee Application
(Applications are currently being accepted and must be filed on or before August 3, 2018.)



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