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Special Education in Massachusetts

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The special education system in Massachusetts is based on the federal special education law: the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), in combination with the state’s special education law (MGL c. 71B). These laws protect students with disabilities who are eligible for special education and guarantee them an Individualized Education Program (IEP) designed to meet their unique needs.

Special Education Law is organized around six principles:

1. Parent and Student Participation
2. Appropriate Evaluation
3. Individualized Education Program (IEP)
4. Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)
5. Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)
6. Procedural Safeguards

To help parents understand how this law affects their children, the Shrewsbury Learning Experts’ Massachusetts Special Education Guide has been organized around these principles. We would love to be your resource and support for your child’s specialized education.

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