Special Education Parent Advisory Group

A Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG) is a state-mandated, parent-driven group charged with providing input to the school district on issues concerning students with disabilities.  A SEPAG would allow you, as parents, to come together to help guide school district policy decisions. A SEPAG could also invite speakers to share information on legal rights afforded to parents and provide a community of support. 

Parents do not need special training or background knowledge to be a member of a SEPAG. If anyone is interested in creating or helping to create such a group, please email Mari Coskey at [email protected] and we can put you in touch with the appropriate agencies. Please also see some of those agencies and contacts below:

NJ Department of Education: SEPAG Informational Brochure: 
A Guide to Developing and Conducting an Effective Group- 40+ pages of information on what a SEPAG is, how to start one, what a SEPAG does, who can be involved, etc. 

The Statewide Parent Advocacy Network: http:/www.spanadvocacy.org/
The Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) is committed to empowering families as advocates and partners in improving education, health, and mental health outcomes for infants, toddlers, children, and youth. SPAN offers families, professionals, policymakers, and our parent center colleagues information, resources, support, and advocacy assistance that addresses effective parent involvement, child care, general and special education, dropout and bullying prevention, child welfare, health care, mental health, youth leadership, transition to adult life, incarcerated youth, military family support, violence prevention, and more.