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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.

Standing Orders:

BSEA Issues Standing Order in Conformance with 801 CMR1.01(4)(a)(1)

Standing Order 21-1, effective March 1, 2021

Electronic Filing

All Hearing Requests, documents, correspondence and other written communications must be filed by email unless (a) otherwise ordered by the Hearing Officer; or (b) a party lacks access to appropriate or sufficient electronic medium.
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Standing Order: 20-02C DELETED effective March 1, 2021.

Standing Order: BSEA 20-3 DELETED effective March 1, 2021

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 Welcomes New Staff!

Marguerite M. Mitchell, Hearing Officer

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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