Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

Committee of Practitioners (COP)

Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, As Amended TITLE I, PART A


Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 as amended by (PL114-95), Section 1603 (b), 20 USC 6573) – Committee of Practitioners.

In General

Each State Educational Agency (SEA) that receives funds under this title shall create a State Committee of Practitioners (COP) to advise the state in carrying out its responsibilities under this title.


  • (A) as a majority of its members, representatives from local educational agencies;
  • (B) administrators, including the administrators of programs described in other parts of this title;
  • (C) teachers from traditional public schools and charterschools (if there are charter schools in the State) and career and technical educators;
  • (D) principals and other school leaders;
  • (E) parents;
  • (F) members of local school boards;
  • (G) representatives of private school children;
  • (H) specialized instructional support personnel andparaprofessionals;
  • (I) representatives of authorized public charteringagencies (if there are charter schools in the State); and
  • (J) charter school leaders (if there are charter schools in the State).


The duties of such committee shall include a review, before publication, of any proposal or final State rule or regulation pursuant to this title. In an emergency situation where such rule or regulation must be issued within a very limited time to assist LEAs with the operation of the program under this title, the SEA may issue a regulation without prior consultation, but shall immediately thereafter convene the Committee to review the emergency regulation before issuance in final form.

Committee of Practitioners

To view a list of members, please go to Commitee of Practitioners.

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For more information, please contact:

Otistene Smith, Public School Program Coordinator
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Public School Accountability
Four Capitol Mall, Mail Slot #26
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-683-5423
Fax: 501-682-5136

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