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.

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.

COVID-19 Updates:

March 15, 2020 - In an effort to reduce the risk of spreading the Coronavirus, DALA and BSEA will not hold any in-person proceedings until further notice. Remote options will be provided to the parties as feasible. Parties will be contacted as the date of the scheduled proceeding approaches. Thank you.

March 17, 2020 - Please remember you do not have to file in person. You should consider filing by fax or mail. The date your fax is received and the date of the United States Postal Service post mark are considered the date of filing.

BSEA fax: 781-397-4770
DALA (GJU) fax: 781-397-4720

BSEA Issues Standing Orders

The BSEA is issuing Standing Orders, effective August 1, 2019, with respect to practice before the BSEA.  

Please see the Standing Orders web page for more information.

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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