Deaf/Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee

The Deaf/Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee develops recommendations regarding the resource center and submits an annual report to the Commissioner of Education. The Advisory Committee will meet on December 5, 2011, February 27, 2012, May 7, 2012 and June 4, 2012.

Minnesota Statutes, section 125A.63, authorizes the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to operate the Minnesota Resource Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Subdivision 3 authorizes the MDE commissioner to establish an advisory committee for the resource center.

The authorizing legislation assigns two tasks to the advisory committee. 

  1. The advisory committee is to develop recommendations regarding the resource center, and to report as requested by the commissioner. To fulfill this task, the MDE Special Education Policy Division may ask the advisory committee for counsel regarding needs and priorities in improving learning results for students who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH), as well as the resource center operation.
  2. The advisory committee is to submit an annual report on the aggregate, data-based education outcomes for children who are D/HH, including implementation of a plan to improve education outcomes.