Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2014-1

DSM-5 Changes and the Impact on Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) To:Administrators of Special Education, Parents, and Other Interested Parties From:Marcia Mittnacht, State Director of Special Education Date:July 30, 2013 I write this advisory in response to some significant changes in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), which is a key […]Look at this result

Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2014-2

Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative To:Administrators of Special Education, Parents, and Other Interested Parties From:Marcia Mittnacht, State Director of Special EducationJohn Bynoe, Associate Commissioner for Student Support Services Date:March 10, 2014 We write this advisory to remind you of the enhanced array of home-based mental health and behavioral services available through the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative […]Look at this result

Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2014-3 (revised)

Identifying the Need for Paraprofessional Support To:Administrators of Special Education, Parents, and Other Interested Parties From:Marcia Mittnacht, State Director of Special Education Date:February 26, 2015 The purposes of this advisory are to: Advise school districts and parents about concerns regarding inappropriate utilization of paraprofessionals. Clarify when it may be appropriate to use a paraprofessional, as […]Look at this result

Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2014-4

Transition Assessment in the Secondary Transition Planning Process To:Middle and High School Principals, Administrators of Special Education, General and Special Educators, and Other Interested Parties From:Marcia Mittnacht, State Director of Special Education Date:April 9, 2014 The purpose of this advisory is to: Clarify the purpose of transition assessment in the secondary transition planning process. Provide […]Look at this result

Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2014-5

Charter School Responsibilities for Students with Disabilities Who May Need an Out-of-District Program — 603 CMR 28.10(6) To:Superintendents, Charter School Leaders, Administrators of Special Education, Parents, and Other Interested Parties From:Marcia Mittnacht, State Director for Special Education Cliff Chuang, Associate Commissioner Date:August 22, 2014 Purpose of Advisory This advisory is designed to provide guidance to […]Look at this result

Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2016-1

Time-out and Seclusion To:Superintendents, Principals, Charter School Leaders, Private School Directors, Administrators of Special Education, and Other Interested Parties From:Marcia Mittnacht, State Director for Special Education Date:July 31, 2015 This advisory provides guidance concerning the difference between the prohibited practice of seclusion and the approved use of time-out as a behavioral support strategy as set […]Look at this result

Administrative Advisory SPED 2018-1

Guidance and Workbook for Calculating and Providing Proportionate Share Services for Students with Disabilities Enrolled by Their Parents in Private Schools To:Superintendents, Special Education Administrators, Business and Other Education Personnel From:Russell Johnston, Senior Associate Commissioner and State Director of Special Education Date:July 27, 2017 — Revised July 2018 to include reference to Grant Fund Code […]Look at this result

Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2018-3

Addressing the Communication Needs of Students with Disabilities through Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) To:Administrators of Special Education and Other Interested Parties From:Russell Johnston, PhD, Senior Associate Commissioner and State Director of Special Education Date:April 2, 2018 I appreciate the opportunity to visit schools on a regular basis. In fact, as I write this to […]Look at this result

Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2018-4

Guidance on Massachusetts Commission for the Blind Pre-Employment Transitions Services Joint Advisory from Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) MCB/DESE Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) Technical Assistance Advisory To:Superintendents, Administrators of Special Education, Principals, Teachers of the Visually Impaired, Transition Coordinators, Families of Students with Visual Impairments […]Look at this result

Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2019-1

Transition from Early Intervention Programs to Early Childhood Special Education To:Early Intervention Directors and Staff, Elementary School Principals, Administrators of Special Education, Early Childhood Coordinators, Preschool Personnel, and Other Interested Parties From:Craig Andrade: LATC, RN, DrPH, Director, Bureau of Family Health & Nutrition, Department of Public HealthRussell D. Johnston, Ph.D., Senior Associate Commissioner, State Director […]Look at this result

Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2020-1

Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) To:Superintendents, Administrators of Special Education, Other Education Personnel, Students, Families, and Other Interested Parties From:Russell Johnston, Senior Associate Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and Toni Wolf, Commissioner, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission Date:January 2, 2020 Purpose The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Massachusetts […]Look at this result

COVID Special Education Technical Assistance Advisory 2020-2

Implementation of Special Education Timelines During the COVID-19 State of Emergency To:Superintendents, Administrators of Special Education, Other Education Personnel, Students, Families, and Other Interested Parties From:Russell Johnston, Senior Associate Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Date:May 21, 2020 Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on March 15, 2020, Governor Baker issued an Order requiring […]Look at this result

Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2020-3

Recommended Advance Planning for a Student with an IEP Accepted for Enrollment in a METCO District To: Administrators of Special Education, Superintendents, Charter School Leaders, Vocational School Leaders, Parents, Guardians, and Other Interested Parties From: Russell Johnston, Senior Associate Commissioner Cliff Chuang, Senior Associate Commissioner Date: June 11, 2020 A. Purpose In this advisory, the […]Look at this result

In re:  Student v. Boston Public Schools & Department of Elementary and Secondary Education – BSEA # 20-06658

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW APPEALS BUREAU OF SPECIAL EDUCATION APPEALS In re:  Student v. Boston Public Schools & Department of Elementary and Secondary Education BSEA # 2006658 RULING ON THE  DEPARTMENT OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION’S MOTION TO DISMISS On March 28, 2020, Parent filed a Hearing Request in the above-referenced matter. …Look at this result

In re: Rand v. Sharon Public Schools – BSEA # 19-12408

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW APPEALS BUREAU OF SPECIAL EDUCATION APPEALS In re: Rand1 v. Sharon Public Schools BSEA #1912408 RULING ON PARENTS’ MID-HEARING REQUEST FOR SUBPOENA DUCES TECUM AND SHARON PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ MID-HEARING REQUEST TO AMEND WITNESS LIST This matter, filed on June 19, 2019, is currently in hearing before Hearing Officer…Look at this result

In re: Tyler v. Berkshire Hills Regional School District – BSEA # 20-08730

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW APPEALS BUREAU OF SPECIAL EDUCATION APPEALS Tyler1  v. Berkshire Hills R.S.D. BSEA #2008730 CORRECTED RULING ON SCHOOL’S MOTION TO PROCEED This matter comes before the Hearing Officer on the Motion of Berkshire Hills Regional School District (“the School”) to proceed with a due process hearing after the Parents…Look at this result

In re: Student v. Sudbury Public Schools – BSEA # 20-05312

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW APPEALS BUREAU OF SPECIAL EDUCATION APPEALS In re:  Student v. Sudbury Public Schools BSEA #2005312 RULING ON MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT In the instant case, the Sudbury Public Schools (Sudbury or SPS) requested a hearing before the Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA) in response to the Parents’…Look at this result

In re: Al v. Newton Public Schools – BSEA # 20-07208

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW APPEALS BUREAU OF SPECIAL EDUCATION APPEALS  In re: Al v. Newton Public Schools BSEA #2007208 RULING  STATEMENT OF THE CASE Al1 is a 14-year-old boy who carries the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). His overall cognitive abilities fall within the extremely low range. He communicates verbally and…Look at this result

In re: Preston v. Nashoba Regional School District – BSEA # 20-04002

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW APPEALS BUREAU OF SPECIAL EDUCATION APPEALS In re: Preston1 v. Nashoba Regional School District BSEA #2004002 RULING ON THREE RIVERS’ MOTION TO VACATE AND/OR QUASH SUBPOENAS AND MOTION TO MODIFY AND LIMIT SUBPOENA DUCES TECUM, AND ON NASHOBA REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT’S SECOND MOTION TO POSTPONE This matter comes…Look at this result

In re: Student v. Lincoln Public Schools – BSEA # 20-07623

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW APPEALS BUREAU OF SPECIAL EDUCATION APPEALS In re: Student v. Lincoln Public Schools BSEA #2007623 RULING ON MOTIONS TO DISMISS AND FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT OF LINCOLN PUBLIC SCHOOLS On February 14, 2020, Parents filed a request for hearing with the Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA) which alleges…Look at this result

In re: Student v. Westwood Public Schools – BSEA # 20-07024

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW APPEALS BUREAU OF SPECIAL EDUCATION APPEALS In re: Student v. Westwood Public Schools BSEA #2007024 RULING ON MOTION TO DISMISS ON PROCEDURAL GROUNDS OF WESTWOOD PUBLIC SCHOOLS On January 22, 2020, Parents filed a request for hearing with the Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA) seeking the following…Look at this result

In re: Preston v. Nashoba Regional School District

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW APPEALS BUREAU OF SPECIAL EDUCATION APPEALS In re: Preston1 v. Nashoba Regional School District BSEA #2004002 RULING ON NASHOBA REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT’S MOTION TO POSTPONE This matter comes before the Hearing Officer on the Motion of the Nashoba Regional School District (NRSD or “the District”) to Postpone the…Look at this result

In re: Ollie v. Springfield Public Schools – BSEA # 20-07894

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW APPEALS BUREAU OF SPECIAL EDUCATION APPEALS In re: Ollie1 v. Springfield Public Schools BSEA # 2007894 RULING ON SPRINGFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ MOTION TO POSTPONE This matter comes before the Hearing Officer on the Motion of the Springfield Public Schools (Springfield or “the District”) to Postpone the Hearing scheduled…Look at this result

In re: Don v. Springfield Public Schools – BSEA # 19-07864

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW APPEALS BUREAU OF SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW APPEALS In re: Don1 v. Springfield Public Schools BSEA #1907864 DECISION This decision is rendered pursuant to M.G.L. Chapters 30A and 71B; 20 U.S.C. §1400 et seq.; 29 U.S.C. §794; and the regulations promulgated under these statutes. A Hearing in the above…Look at this result

In re: Student v. Northampton Public Schools – BSEA # 20-06485

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW APPEALS BUREAU OF SPECIAL EDUCATION APPEALS In Re:  Student v. Northampton Public Schools BSEA # 2006485 RULING ON NORTHAMPTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ MOTION TO JOIN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES AND THE DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH On January 17, 2020, Parents requested, and were granted, an Accelerated Hearing in…Look at this result

In re: Student v. Brookline Public Schools – BSEA # 20-05734

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW APPEALS BUREAU OF SPECIAL EDUCATION APPEALS In re:  Student v. Brookline Public Schools BSEA #2005734 RULING ON BROOKLINE PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ MOTION TO JOIN BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOL Parents Requested a Hearing in the above-referenced matter on December 30, 2019.  Parents, who are divorced and share custody, live in Boston…Look at this result

In re: Ollie v. Springfield Public Schools – BSEA # 20-04776

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW APPEALS BUREAU OF SPECIAL EDUCATION APPEALS In re: Ollie1 v. Springfield Public Schools BSEA #2004776 RULING ON SPRINGFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ PARTIAL MOTION TO DISMISS This matter comes before the Hearing Officer on the Motion of the Springfield Public Schools (Springfield or “the District”) to Partially Dismiss the Hearing…Look at this result