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CAP Meetings

The Panel will meet three times this year.  The meeting dates for 2023-2024 are as follows:

  • November 2, 2023 (11:00 AM – 4:30 PM)* and November 3, 2023 (9:00 AM – 12:00 PM)
  • February 29, 2024 (11:00 AM – 4:30 PM)* and March 1, 2024 (9:00 AM – 12:00 PM)
  • May 30, 2024 (11:00 AM – 4:30 PM)* and May 31, 2024 (9:00 AM – 12:00 PM)

CAP meetings are held in the State Education Building, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany NY, 12234. It is necessary to have a New York State Education Department (NYSED) photo identification badge to gain entrance to the building. Visitors are required to obtain a visitor's badge from the building guard in the lobby.

*There is a 30-minute public comment session from 4:00 – 4:30 PM on first day of each CAP meeting. Individual comment is limited to five minutes. 

Public Participation

Meetings are open and accessible to the public.  Thirty minutes of the first day of the Panel session is devoted to public comment. To register to attend a CAP meeting and/or provide public comment, please complete the online registration form prior to the meeting. If you wish to participate remotely, the Zoom meeting link will be sent to you prior to the meeting. If you plan to attend in person and have not completed the registration form, you must sign in with the guard in the lobby of the State Education Building to obtain a visitor's badge.

Guidelines for Public Participation

Comment should focus on special education policy issues and, if possible, include recommendations to address those issues. Information provided should be factual, objective and not include the names of any districts/agencies, district or agency personnel and/or children or families. Comment related to child or district specific issues and/or those related to complaints or impartial hearing will not be accepted.

Comment may be provided in person or in writing to the Office of Special Education or to any member of the Commissioner’s Advisory Panel. We request that written comment be submitted two weeks prior to the meeting. It will be shared with members and read at the meeting.  Anonymous comment will not be accepted. Comment is limited to five minutes. Language must be respectful and appropriate. The chairperson reserves the right to terminate the speaker if these guidelines are violated.

If intending to provide public comment at a meeting, please call (518) 473-2878 or email Special Education at least two weeks prior to the scheduled meeting. Please provide at least three weeks notice if accommodations for a disability (i.e., interpreting services) are required. Written comments may be faxed to (518) 473-5387 or mailed to:

New York State Education Department
Office of Special Education
89 Washington Avenue
Room 309 EB
Albany, NY 12234
Attn: Commissioner’s Advisory Panel for Special Education Services

Please provide the following information when registering to provide comment:

email address;
phone number; and
topic on which you intend to speak.

2023-2024 Meeting Agendas and Minutes

November 2-3, 2023 CAP Meeting

November 2-3, 2023 CAP Meeting Agenda

Minutes from November 2023 Meeting

February 29 - March 1, 2024 CAP Meeting

February 29- March 1, 2024 CAP Meeting Agenda

Minutes from February - March Meeting

Annual Reports

CAP's Annual Report includes accomplishments for 2022-2023.