Bureau of Special Education Appeals Advisory Council

Pursuant to chapter 71B, section 2A, the Advisory Council will provide advice and feedback to the Chief Magistrate of Division of Administrative Law Appeals (DALA), the Director of the Board of Special Education Appeals (BSEA), and the Commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) regarding the fair and timely resolution of disputes under federal and state laws governing special education.

The Advisory Council also will provide advice and feedback on matters related to the memorandum of understanding entered into by the Chief Administrative Magistrate and the Commissioner with the input of the Director; compliance data; the range and types of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms; mechanisms and resources for providing trainings; hearing and mediation data; mechanisms for improving access for pro se parents and outreach to families who are non-English speaking; and mechanisms to ensure that the Bureau is appropriately maintained and operated both as a separate subdivision of the Division and independent of the Department.

Public Comment Procedures

The Bureau of Special Education Appeals Advisory Council (Council) welcomes public comment on matters within its purview. Accordingly, the Council makes available a maximum 15-minute period at its regular meetings for persons in the audience to address the Council for no longer than 3 minutes. Written material of any length may be submitted and will be distributed to Commission members for their consideration.

Agendas for upcoming Council meetings are generally posted 5 days before the meeting on this page. Persons wishing to speak are strongly encouraged to submit their request before the day of the meeting; contact information is provided below. If time permits, the Council co-chairs will allow members of the public who have not contacted the Council in advance to speak in the public comment period; these individuals must sign in prior to the start of the meeting. The co-chairs may limit the number of speakers due to time constraints and may increase or reduce the time allocated per speaker.

Requests to address the Council, written testimony, and other inquiries may be transmitted as follows:

  • Email: ALA-BSEAAdvisoryCouncil@mass.gov
  • Phone or posted mail: BSEA Advisory Council, c/o Office of Representative Lipper-Garabedian, 24 Beacon St., Room 167, Boston, MA 02133; Phone: 617-722-2810 (voice mail of Legislative Aide Haley Tobin)

Table of Contents


Alyndra Canty Co-chair, Behavioral Analyst and Designee of Senate President Karen Spilka
Kate Lipper-Garabedian Co-chair, State Representative and Designee of House Speaker Ronald Mariano
Ruth Diaz Parent, Training Information Center Project Director, and Designee of the Federation for Children with Special Needs
Carla B. Jentz Executive Director of the Massachusetts Administrators for Special Education
Stefanie Krantz Senior Attorney, Disability Law Center
Michael Long Legal Counsel to Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASS) and Designee of MASS
Pam Nourse Member of the Minuteman Vocational Technical School Committee and Designee of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees
Janine Solomon Managing Attorney and Senior Project Director, Mass Advocates for Children

Meeting dates and agendas

Meeting Date Time
Monday, May 6, 2024 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Monday, January 29, 2024  10:30am-12:30 p.m.
Monday, September 11, 2023 10:00am-12:00pm
Monday, May 1, 2023 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Monday, February 6, 2023 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Monday, October 31, 2022 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Meeting Minutes

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