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

01/06/2021 - DESE
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)
DESE webpage on social emotional learning.  Includes guidance from 8/3/2020, Creating Positive Learning Environments: Recommendations... Read more

DESE COVID 19 Information and Resources

09/02/2020 - MA Dept of Elementary and Secondary Education
Webpage with many resources about schools and COVID 19.  The page will provide information for schools about COVID-19 and will be... Read more

Remote Learning for 2020 - 2021 Year - DESE Page

09/01/2020 - MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's (DESE) webpage on Remote Learning.   Fall reopening plans have the... Read more