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About Santa Barbara County Special Education Local Plan Area (SBCSELPA)

SBCSELPA is a joint powers agency that provides oversight, guidance, training and support to member local education agencies (LEAs), parents, guardians, and the community related to identifying and providing compliant, best practice Individualized Education Plan(IEP) Services to students with disabilities.

SBCSELPA is a mandated agency by the California Department of Education that is responsible for implementation and oversight of the SBCSELPA Local Plan.  The SBCSELPA Local Plan ensures that individuals with disabilities receive a free and appropriate public education as per the Individuals  with Disabilities Education Act PL 94-142 amended by PL 108-446 (Regulations 34CFR parts 300 and 301) and California Laws and Regulations (California Special Education Programs: A Composite of Laws Database).  SBCSELPA is governed by a Joint Powers Agency (JPA) board comprised of superintendents from Local Education Agencies (LEAs)/districts in Santa Barbara County SELPA and the Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Instruction. SBCSELPA encompasses the 20 school districts, Santa Barbara County Education Office, and four charter schools.

Welcome to Santa Barbara County Special Education Local Plan Area

Breaking News

Dear School District Personnel, Parents, and Community Members, 


The SBCSELPA is deeply saddened by the mass shooting that occurred last night in Thousand Oaks. Our hearts go out to those affected by this senseless tragedy. 


In our continuing effort to support district personnel, parents, and community agencies in addressing the mental health needs of students, we are providing links to information about school safety and crisis response as well as ways to talk to children and adolescences about violence.