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What is a SELPA?

SELPA stands for “Special Education Local Plan Area”. The SELPA is responsible for supporting member districts in the implementation of the legal requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA), the federal law for Special Education.

There are approximately 120 regions or SELPAs in California. While the most common SELPA size is about 5,000 special education students, the East San Gabriel Valley SELPA is a multi-district SELPA, with just over 12,000 students. Ten school districts in the eastern end of Los Angeles County along with Opportunities For Learning Charter School, School of Arts and Enterprise Charter School, Opportunities for Learning II Charter School, Options for Youth (San Bernardino) Charter School, iQ Academy Charter School, and San Jose Academy Charter School,  are members of the SELPA.