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Statewide Special Education

MAC has become the leading advocate in the state protecting the rights of students with disabilities, conducting effective legislative and administrative advocacy, developing training curricula to empower parents, providing technical assistance or representation to low-income parents, convening a statewide coalition, and mobilizing parents and advocates to defend special education. MAC’s legislative successes resulted in many new provisions in the law, for example: requiring school districts to establish special education PACs (Parent Advisory Councils); strengthening parents’ independent evaluation rights; assuring the provision of home and hospital services; establishing an MCAS appeals process for students with disabilities; maintaining critical due process protections; establishing rights of parents and their experts to observe their child’s classroom; and re-establishing age 14 as the initiation of transition services.


If you would like to learn more about the regulations governing special education rights for children, please refer to the links below:


  Legislative & Administrative Advocacy
  Coalition To Defend Special Education
  Special Education Collaborative and Transition

Helping Children Learn

For over 40 years, MAC has responded to the needs of children who are vulnerable because of poverty, race, limited English or disability and does not intend to stop. With education reform continuing to occupy a high priority on the state’s policy agenda, and with the severe economic crisis facing Massachusetts families, MAC is needed now, more than ever.

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