What is a SELPA?
In response to Federal laws, legislation was passed in California which provides the legal foundation for a comprehensive plan in special education and requires local districts and agencies to establish a Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) in order to address the needs of all children with disabilities. Click HERE
to view a video by the California Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) can help explain a SELPA
Every School District in California is a member of a SELPA. Also, every Charter School is either a member of a SELPA, or is considered a school under a district that is a member. Lastly, each of the 58 County Superintendents of Schools is a member of a SELPA as well.
Therefore, districts and charters, along with the County Superintendents of Schools, are a part of one of over 130 SELPAs in the State, and are known as Member Local Educational Agencies, or SELPA Member LEAs.
More information pertaining to California Special Education can be found here:
LAO Overview of Special Education in California
California Department of Education Information on SELPAs
SELPA Administrators of California Brochure