Advisory to PAUSD

We advise the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD)’s administrators and the Board of Education on matters pertaining to special education and inclusion and provide information and education to families of students receiving special education services (under an Individual Education Plan “IEP”) or accommodations (under a 504) through PAUSD.  

Advisory Topics


Topics we are currently advising on include:

  • Input on Academic Policy
  • Inclusive Practices & Programs
  • Harvard Review of PAUSD Special Education Programs
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Current Legislation & Board Policy

Here are some topics we have advised on in the past:

  • Bullying prevention
  • Introduction of Unity Day

Selected Summaries & Statements

→ Jun 2016 PAUSD Special Education Review – Preliminary Findings & Recommendation

→ Jan 2016 Harvard Review of PAUSD Special Education Programs

→ Feb 2013 CAC response to OCR Report on Bullying

Our News page contains additional statements, summaries, and videos of our advisory activities over the years.

School Board

The school board often addresses issues important to students with Special Needs. Agenda of the upcoming  PAUSD School Board meeting is available here:

Latest CAC News

CAC Statement on Dyslexia Report

On February 28th, 2023 the district staff delivered a Report on Dyslexia & Struggling Readers at the board meeting. Afterward, the CAC made comments, linked in the letter below. We

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