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What is a SELPA?

In 1977, all school districts and county school offices were mandated to form consortiums in geographical regions of sufficient size and scope to provide for all special education service needs of children residing within the region boundaries.  Each region, Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), developed a local plan describing how it would provide special education services.  

SELPAs are dedicated to the belief that all students can learn and that special needs students must be guaranteed equal opportunity to become contributing members of society.  SELPAs facilitate high quality educational programs and services for special needs students and training for parents and educators.  The SELPA collaborates with county agencies and school districts to develop and maintain healthy and enriching environments in which special needs students and families can live and succeed.

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Mid-Cities SELPA

The Mid-Cities SELPA coordinates with school districts to provide a continuum of high quality programs and services for students with disabilities from birth through 22 years of age. We serve as a resource to the community on issues related to special education.

Today there are approximately 136 SELPAs ranging in size. The Mid-Cities SELPA serves approximately 6,391 students with disabilities within the Bellflower, Lynwood, and Paramount school districts.