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.

Meeting Schedule and Live Webcast- May 14, 2018

Please join us on Monday, May 14, 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 May 14, 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
2349 Gateway Oaks, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95833

OAH Van Nuys
15350 Sherman Way, Suite 300
Van Nuys, CA 91406

OAH Oakland
1515 Clay Street, Suite 206
Oakland, CA  94612

OAH San Diego
San Diego State Building
1350 Front Street, Suite 3005
San Diego, CA  92101

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



Past Webcasts and 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

Additional information is provided in the attached documents.

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

Advisory Committee Information (PDF, New Window)



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