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Parent Advisory Council (PAC) General Information

Dr. Andrea Stolar - Director of Special Education

Stacy Moran - PAC School Liaison 

Jennifer Fellows-Gardner - PAC Parent/President

What is PAC?

PAC or SEPAC stands for Special Education Parent Advisory Council 

Under state regulations, every school district, private special education school, and public charter school MUST have one. Some districts/schools are more active than others.

What does PAC Do?

The PAC in collaboration with the district must hold a Basic Rights workshop every school year. This is a workshop to inform parents about their rights under state and federal special education law.

PAC’s are also responsible to advise the district/school regarding concerns that parents have regarding problems with services, and concerns about services and advising the district/school concerning changes in laws, policies, or budgets.

Many PACs (including Chicopee) offer workshops and speakers for parents, guardians, and others regarding topics related to raising children with special needs. These workshops are open to the public and provide parents/guardians the opportunity to connect with others.

Chicopee’s PAC provides workshops on various topics related to raising children with special needs. We strive to offer different topics for a range of ages.

What if my district's PAC is not active?

We welcome everyone including parents from other districts or private schools. The only restriction for non-Chicopee families is that you may not vote for the election of officers.

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