If you are concerned about your child’s development or have reason to believe your child needs special education due to a physical, mental, emotional, learning or speech problem, you may contact either the SELPA office or your local school district Special Education Department if you have questions about referring a child for special education services.
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SBCSELPA is a mandated agency by the California Department of Education that is responsible for implementation and oversight of the SBCSELPA Local Plan.
The SBCSELPA Local Plan ensures that individuals with disabilities receive a free and appropriate public education as per the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act PL 94-142 amended by PL 108-446 (Regulations 34CFR parts 300 and 301) and California Laws and Regulations (CA Special Education Programs: A Composite of Laws Database).
SBCSELPA is governed by a Joint Powers Agency (JPA) board comprised of superintendents from Local Education Agencies (LEAs)/districts in Santa Barbara County SELPA and the Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Instruction. SBCSELPA encompasses the 20 school districts, Santa Barbara County Education Office, and four charter schools.