Proposed Bylaws Amendments

Notice of Proposed Amendments to CEC’s Bylaws

CEC’s Bylaws require that members receive a summary of proposed amendments to the Bylaws and have a 60-day period to comment. Those wishing to comment on the proposed amendments that follow should submit them to president@cec.sped.org or to the Council for Exceptional Children, 3100 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 600, Arlington, VA, 22201. The deadline for input is 11:59 p.m. Eastern, March 2, 2020. All comments will be provided to the Board of Directors. 

Revisions to Treasurer Eligibility Criteria

Rationale: The position of Treasurer requires a different and more specific set of skills related to financial experience and understanding than members-at-large of the Board of Directors, as reflected above. The KSAs were developed by the Leadership Development Committee, with input from the Finance and Audit Standing Committee.

As well, as the size of the board decreases, it will be increasing difficult to fill the positions that currently require board experience (President Elect, Treasurer, and LDC Chair).

Article V – Board of Directors, Section 2. Eligibility Criteria for Office

  1. Membership in The Council shall constitute a prerequisite for election or appointment to, or

       continued membership on, the Board of Directors (other than Thought Leaders).

  1. Board members will be drawn from the pool of candidates that have been recruited, vetted

and recommended by the Leadership Development Committee based on the established Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs).

  1. The Treasurer will be drawn from the pool of candidates that have been recruited, vetted

and recommended by the Leadership Development Committee based on the established Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs).

Article V – Board of Directors, Section 3. Selection of Members of the Board of Directors

c.   The Treasurer shall be either an existing board member and have served as a member of the board for a minimum of two years or will have served on the board within the past five years. The Treasurer will be appointed by simple majority of the board from a slate of at least two candidates developed and presented by the LDC.

Revisions to Leadership Development Committee Chair Eligibility Criteria

Rationale: Having served on the committee, members of the LDC are equally qualified, if not more so, than members of the Board of Directors, by being familiar with responsibilities, operations, processes, etc., of the committee.

As well, as the size of the board decreases, it will be increasing difficult to fill the positions that currently require board experience (President Elect, Treasurer, and LDC Chair).

Article VIII – Standing Committees, Advisory Committees and Workgroups, Section 1. Standing Committees, Subsection b. Leadership Development Committee, (5) Chair Requirements

The LDC chair must have experience as have been a member of the Board of Directors or a member of the LDC for at least two years.