Incoming Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) freshman Hyla Rachwal of Los Angeles has been appointed as a student member to the Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE) for the state of California for a two-year term.
Only one student member for the entire state is selected to the advisory commission each year.
“I am very honored to be accepted as a student representative on the Advisory Commission on Special Education for the state of California,” Rachwal said. “Special education and the opportunities it provides has been instrumental to my success in school and as a person.
“At 11 years old my prognosis was ‘fair’ and it was questionable as to whether I would be able to lead even a somewhat normal life,” she explained. “Now as I am getting ready to head to college, accepted as a President’s Scholar, I am extremely grateful for the assistance I received from attending a special education school. I am excited to be the voice for the many students in the state of California who are in special education, and to help others succeed as I have thus far.”
The ACSE provides recommendations and advice to the State Board of Education, the superintendent of public instruction, the legislature and the governor in new or continuing areas of research, program development and evaluation in California special education. The group also consists of appointed members from the speaker of the assembly, Senate Committee on Rules, governor and the State Board of Education.
The membership consists of parents, persons with disabilities, persons knowledgeable about the administration of special education, teachers and legislative representation from the assembly and senate. The commission meets five times per year at the California Department of Education in Sacramento, and members of the ACSE serve without compensation but receive actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties and responsibilities, including travel expenses.
Rachwal, the daughter of Karen Golden of Los Angeles, is entering CSULB at the end of this month as a President’s Scholar with a full, four-year scholarship from the university. She is planning to major in communications studies. She comes to the campus having been a valedictorian for the class of 2013 at Westview High School.