DESE Advisory – Publicly Funded Students Placed Out of District Entitled to School Meals

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Civil Rights | No Comments
DESE Advisory – Publicly Funded Students Placed Out of District Entitled to School Meals

All school districts in Massachusetts are required to make certain meals available to students, and may be required to offer those meals for free or at a reduced price for students who qualify.  The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) recently considered whether public schools are required to provide meals to students with special needs […]

What’s the difference between a 504 plan and an IEP?

Posted by on Feb 26, 2013 in 504 Plan, Civil Rights, IEP | No Comments
What’s the difference between a 504 plan and an IEP?

It is not unusual for a school district to suggest that a student’s special education needs can be fully accommodated with a 504 plan instead of an IEP.  But before you agree to try a 504 plan for your child instead of an IEP, consider the following: Section 504 and the IDEA Serve Different Purposes […]

Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity – New DESE Advisory

Posted by on Feb 16, 2013 in Civil Rights | No Comments
Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity – New DESE Advisory

On July 1, 2012, several Massachusetts laws – including those related to public education – were amended to expressly prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity.  The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) just issued a very helpful advisory concerning this change to the law, which offers guidance to school districts on […]