The Committee on Special Education (CSE) coordinates special education services for students ages 5-21 while the Committee on Pre-school Special Education (CPSE) coordinates special education services for children ages 3-5. Nick Pepe, the Director of Pupil Personnel Services, serves as the chairperson for both committees.
Every parent has the right to refer their child to either the CSE or CPSE to determine eligibility for special education services if they suspect their child may have a disability. The referral process can be initiated by contacting Nick Pepe or the student’s building principal.
Below are New York State Education Department (NYSED) generated items to better explain the referral and special education process: