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Disability & Education: State

Resources for researching law regarding disability rights in relation to education and privacy

State Education Department Contacts


Primary Material

  • Massachusetts General Law ch. 71B covers education for children with special needs.
  • In Massachusetts, The Bureau of Special Education Appeals handles disputes between parents and schools regarding many aspects of special education.
  • The BSEA decisions are reported in the Massachusetts Special Education Reporter. This is available on the 4th floor of the law library, at call # KFM 2795.9 .H3 M37. In addition to decisions, the reporter includes hearing rules and expert commentary. 
  • The decisions themselves are also available in the Social Law Library databases, available through the law library website list of databases.

Links go to various government agencies charged with overseeing special education.

Massachusetts Continuing Education Materials

Secondary Sources