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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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The Roles of Suspensions for Minor Infractions and School Climate in Predicting Academic Performance Among Adolescents

09/29/2021 - Juan Del Toro and Ming-Te Wang, University of Pittsburg - lock_open
The present study shows that more African American youth are suspended for minor infractions than White youth. In addition, these... Read more

BESE Memo: Recommendation to Authorize Commissioner to Require Masks for Students and Staff in K-12 Schools

08/20/2021 - Jeff C. Riley, Commissioner, MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education - lock_open
Education Commissioner Riley to ask Board of Education to grant him authority to mandate masks for all public K-12 students, educators and... Read more

Promoting Student Engagement, Learning, Wellbeing and Safety During Remote and Hybrid Learning (Winter 2020)

01/06/2021 - DESE - lock_open
The Department is providing this document for districts to use to continue to engage with students and their families, and to connect... Read more

Social and Emotional Learning in MA

08/03/2020 - MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) - lock_open
DESE webpage on social emotional learning.  Includes guidance from 8/3/2020, Creating Positive Learning Environments: Recommendations... Read more