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The Education Section includes laws, regulations, cases and other information relevant to schools, parents and students, and other systems and human service agencies that impact students. Children with disabilities who are ages 3 – 22 may be served by the public school system; and children not considered disabled must attend school until they are 16. The topics in this section include:

  • General education, applicable to all students;
  • Special education and dispute resolution for students with disabilities;
  • Discrimination and laws to protect students with disabilities or who are from a minority group;
  • Discipline and the juvenile justice system;
  • Domestic violence and the effect on children;
  • Students who are homeless or in the foster care system;
  • Human service agencies that support children and adults; and
  • Attorney’s fees.

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08/22/2014 - Mass Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
Charter School Responsibilities for Students with Disabilities Who May Need an Out-of-District Program - 603 CMR 28.10(6) All... Read more
02/27/2015 - Mass Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
State and federal resources and information on school discipline. Includes a link to the state laws on discipline effective as of July 1,... Read more
02/26/2015 - Mass Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Special Education Technical Assistance Advisory on the use of and training for paraprofessionals.  The purposes of this advisory are... Read more
02/17/2015 - Daniel Perlman
Special Education Law ( is a free search special for BSEA decisions and rulings, DESE guidance, laws, and... Read more