In re: Student v. Haverhill Public Schools – BSEA # 20-06314

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW APPEALS BUREAU OF SPECIAL EDUCATION APPEALS  In re: Student v. Haverhill Public Schools BSEA No. 2005314 DECISION This decision is issued pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or IDEA (20 USC Sec. 1400 et seq.); Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 USC Sec….Look at this result

In re: Rand v. Sharon Public Schools – BSEA No. 19-12408

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW APPEALS BUREAU OF SPECIAL EDUCATION APPEALS In re: Rand1 v. Sharon Public Schools BSEA #1912408 DECISION This decision is issued pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 USC 1400 et seq.), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 USC 794), the state special education…Look at this result

In re: Ruth v. Marshfield Public Schools – BSEA # 20-05814

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW APPEALS BUREAU OF SPECIAL EDUCATION APPEALS In re: Ruth1 v. Marshfield Public Schools BSEA #2005814 DECISION This decision is rendered pursuant to M.G.L. Chapters 30A and 71B; 20 U.S.C. §1400 et. seq; 20 U.S.C. §794; and the regulations promulgated under these statutes. A hearing in the above-entitled matter…Look at this result

In re: Boston Collegiate Charter School v. Urmila – BSEA # 20-09046

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW APPEALS BUREAU OF SPECIAL EDUCATION APPEALS In re: Boston Collegiate Charter School v. Urmila1 BSEA # 2009046 DECISION This Decision is issued pursuant to M.G.L.c.71B and 30A, 20 U.S.C. §1400 et seq, 29 U.S.C. §794 and the regulations promulgated under those statues. PROCEDURAL HISTORY Boston Collegiate Charter School…Look at this result

Educator Effectiveness Guidebook for Inclusive Practice

Created by Massachusetts educators, this Guidebook includes tools for districts, schools, and educators that are aligned to the MA Educator Evaluation Framework and promote evidence-based best practices for inclusion following the principles of Universal Design for Learning, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, and Social and Emotional Learning.Look at this result

Parent’s Notice of Procedural Safeguards, English Version — updated 12/2013

Special Education Parent’s Notice of Procedural Safeguards, English Version — updated 12/2013 To: Special Education Administrators From: Marcia Mittnacht, State Director of Special Education Date: February 2, 2010 — updated December 18, 2013 I am pleased to announce the posting of the updated Parent’s Notice of Procedural Safeguards (PNPS) in English that now includes information […]Look at this result

Submit a Records Request

Support Home Page Menu Home Knowledge Base Submit Request Archive My Records Center Home Knowledge Base Submit Request Archive My Records Center Public Records Center Home The Public Records Center can be used to request records related to the business of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, which oversees the Commonwealth’s K-12 education system…Look at this result

Public Records Center Home

Submit a Records Request Submit a public records request to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education My Records Center Track the status of requests, manage account information, and download your records by logging into your account. Public Records Archive View and search previous public records request fulfilled by the Agency Trending Topics Click…Look at this result

Special Education Program Plan Statement

Special Education Program Plan Statement IDEA -2004 The federal special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), was reauthorized in December of 2004 and came fully into effect on July 1, 2005. The reauthorized act continues to emphasize the need to provide appropriate educational services to students with disabilities in order to improve […]Look at this result

Question and Answer Guide on the Implementation of Educational Services in the Home or Hospital

the date the student was admitted to a hospital or was confined to home; the medical reason(s) for the confinement; the expected duration of the confinement; and what medical needs of the student should be considered in planning the home or hospital education services. Upon receipt of a physician’s written order verifying that any student […]Look at this result

National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) Additional Assurance Required for IDEA Part B Grant

We will provide additional details on the process of working with NIMAC in the fall of 2006-2007. Learn more about NIMAS. Learn more about the NIMAC. Every state is required to adopt the NIMAS. NIMAS outlines a set of consistent and valid specifications for document source files created by K-12 curriculum publishers or other content […]Look at this result

Reissued Mileage Reimbursement for Parents under 603 CMR 28.07(6)

This regulation pertains to parents providing transportation for their children who have "special transportation" listed in their IEPs, and does not pertain to students who do not require "special transportation." The reimbursement for parent-provided transportation pertains to school attendance and school-sponsored events, to the extent agreed upon by the district in advance. Parents are not […]Look at this result

Guidance on 603 CMR 28.07(7)

Guidance on 603 CMR 28.07(7) To:Special Educational Surrogate Parents and Other Interested Parties From:Marcia Mittnacht, State Director of Special Education Date:February 27, 2012 In light of questions that have recently come to my attention concerning 603 CMR 28.07(7), I offer the following guidance on the purpose of this regulation, the circumstances in which it applies, […]Look at this result

Guidance on Appointment of Special Education Surrogate Parents

Voluntary Placement Agreements and DCF Custody — "Child Requiring Assistance (CRA)" (formerly "CHINS" custody): When a child is in the care of DCF, as opposed to custody, the parent retains the right and responsibility to make decisions related to special education. In such cases the child has generally entered placement primarily to address his/her issues […]Look at this result

Addressing the Needs of Students with Disabilities Relocating to Massachusetts from Puerto Rico

whether the child has a confirmed disability or is suspected to have a disability; the nature of the disability and the manner in which it affects the student’s learning; whether the child exhibits behaviors since the hurricanes that are new and concerning; if the child has a confirmed disability, whether the family has a copy […]Look at this result

Discipline: Statutory Language & Flow Chart

Statutory Language — On the left side we have provided you with the actual language from the statute. All of the bolded language is new language. The right side contains the summary of the new provisions, which includes important key points, some special notes to consider, relevant state requirements and more user-friendly language. Flow Chart […]Look at this result

Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2007-1

Autism Spectrum Disorder To:Special Education Administrators and Other Interested Parties From:Marcia Mittnacht, State Director of Special Education Date:August 25, 2006 This advisory represents "best practice" guidance from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to address a change to the special education law enacted in the spring of 2006 that affects special education programming for […]Look at this result

Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2009-1

Transition Planning to Begin at Age 14 To:Middle and High School Principals, Administrators of Special Education, and Other Interested Parties From:Marcia MittnachtState Director of Special Education Date:September 3, 2008 C:Superintendents of SchoolsCharter School Leaders The purpose of this advisory is to highlight a recent law passed by the Massachusetts Legislature. On August 6, 2008, the […]Look at this result

Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2009-2

Observation of Education Programs by Parents and Their Designees for Evaluation Purposes To:Superintendents, Principals, Administrators of Special Education, and Other Interested Parties From:Marcia MittnachtState Director of Special Education Date:January 8, 2009 Introduction The legislature recently amended section 3 of G.L. c. 71B, the state special education law, to require school committees, upon request by a […]Look at this result

Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2011-1

Annual Fiscal Calculations To:Administrators of Special Education, Charter School Directors, School Business Officials, and Other Interested Parties From:Marcia MittnachtState Director of Special Education Date:December 8, 2010 Financial responsibilities in the area of special education are substantial. Every school district assures the state at regular intervals that it is aware of its responsibilities and conducting them […]Look at this result

Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2011-2

Bullying Prevention and Intervention To:Superintendents, Charter School Leaders, Principals, Administrators of Special Education, Directors of Approved Special Education Private Schools, Directors of Educational Collaboratives, and Other Interested Parties From:Marcia Mittnacht, State Director of Special Education Date:February 11, 2011 Introduction The purpose of this advisory is to provide guidance to address changes to Massachusetts educational practice […]Look at this result

Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2012-1

Certain IEP Services Not Provided by the Department in DYS Institutional Settings Revised August 2018 to address all host agency settings (DYS, DMH, DPH, CHC) To:Administrators of Special Education and Other Interested Parties From:Russell Johnston, State Director of Special Education Date:August 23, 2018 The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (the Department) through the Special […]Look at this result

Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2012-2

Improving Data and Practices Regarding Disciplinary Removals of Students with Disabilities To:Superintendents, Principals, Administrators of Special Education, and Other Interested Parties From:Marcia Mittnacht, State Director of Special Education Date:June 13, 2012 Introduction Analysis of school suspension data reported to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) suggests a wide range of practices for determining […]Look at this result