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Massachusetts Laws

MGL c.71B : Children with Special Needs

Massachusetts Regulations

603 CMR 28 pdf format of 603 CMR 28
Special Education Regulations

Massachusetts State Agency Opinions

Bureau of Special Education Appeals
Includes information on the process as well as decisions and rulings from 1998 to date

Federal Laws

20 U.S.C. §§1400-1482 :  Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

29 U.S.C. 794 : Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Federal Regulations

34 CFR Part 300 : Assistance to States for the Education of Children With Disabilities

45 CFR 84 : Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Handicap in Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance

Selected Case Law

Champa v. Weston Public Schools , 473 Mass. 86 (2015). 
A "settlement agreement, regarding a public school's placement of a student who required special education services in an out-of-district private educational institution, between the public school and the parents of the student was exempt from the definition of “public records” ... and therefore not subject to disclosure... without a redaction of personally identifiable information..."

Forest Grove School District v. T. A. , 557 US 230 (2009)
"IDEA authorizes reimbursement for private special-education services when a public school fails to provide a FAPE and the private-school placement is appropriate, regardless of whether the child previously received special-education services through the public school."

Schaffer v. Weast , 546 US 49 (2005)
Attorneys for parents had argued that where a parent was dissatisfied with an IEP, the school district should bear the burden of proving an IEP sufficient, rather than the parents having to prove that it is insufficient. But the U.S. Supreme Court held that "the burden of persuasion in an administrative hearing challenging an IEP is properly placed upon the party seeking relief, whether that is the disabled child or the school district."

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