Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA)

The Bureau of Special Education Appeals , which derives its authority from both federal and Massachusetts statutes and regulations (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; "IDEA"; MGL ch.71B; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973) conducts due process hearings and renders Rulings and Decisions concerning eligibility, evaluation, placement, individualized education programs (IEP), provision of special education and procedural protections for students with disabilities.

COVID-19 Latest Update:

BSEA Issues Standing Orders Regarding COVID-19 Emergency

Standing Order: 20-01C

In order to maintain compliance with the timelines set out in 20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq. and M.G.L. c.71B, the BSEA continues to conduct dispute resolution proceedings, including Hearings, during the Covid 19 Emergency, while simultaneously effectuating the Governor’s COVID-19-related Emergency Closure and Re-opening plans. In accordance with the directive and example of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and the Massachusetts Trial Court Department, BSEA proceedings will be held remotely/virtually until further notice. All requests for a change of date, location or medium for holding due process hearings will continue to be considered on a case by case basis by the assigned Hearing Officer.

Standing Order: 20-02C

To ensure timely receipt of submissions during the Governor’s COVID-19-related Emergency Closure and phased Re-opening periods, Hearing Officers and Mediators may permit the submission of correspondence and documents through electronic medium in addition to the paper (fax or regular mail) filing. All electronic correspondence to the BSEA must be simultaneously copied to all other known parties. Note that BSEA email is not a secure email platform.

The BSEA continues to require that Hearing Requests are submitted via mail, fax or hand delivery.

Please see the Standing Orders web page for all BSEA Standing Orders.

Contact Us

Address

14 Summer Street, 4th floor, Malden, MA 02148

Online

Staff Directory BSEA Staff Directory 

Fax

781-397-4770

Who we serve

Parents, students, school districts, private schools and state agencies in matters concerning eligibility, evaluation, placement, individualized education programs (IEPs), special education services and procedural protections for students with disabilities.

BSEA Issues Revised Hearing Rules for Special Education Appeals

The BSEA is issuing revised Hearing Rules for Special Education Appeals, effective March 1, 2019.  These revised rules are issued in response to differentiated monitoring and support (DMS) activities conducted by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) during an on-site visit to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on May 8-10, 2017; consideration of public comments received; as well as on-going dialogue with OSEP.

Please see the revised Hearing Rules web page for more information.

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