§ 1 Definitions
§ 2 Regulations; special education programs; pre-school level admission to programs; assignment of child
§ 2A Bureau of special education appeals; duties; director; supervision; standards for dispute resolution; confidentiality; hearing officers; memorandum of understanding; bureau of special education appeals advisory council
§ 3 Identification of school age children with a disability; diagnosis of disability; proposal of program; evaluations and assessments of child and program
§ 3A Administrator of special education; duties; joint appointment
§ 4 Agreements between school committees or with public or private schools
§ 5 Costs or obligations; payment; budget
§ 5A Special education reimbursement program
§ 5B Pooled risk program for extraordinary and unanticipated special education costs
§ 5C Zero interest loan program for extraordinary and unanticipated special education costs
§ 6 Assignment of children to classes; annual report; equal educational opportunities; prima facie denial; hearings; injunctive or other relief
§ 7 Tests for selection of children for referral, diagnosis, or evaluation
§ 8 Transportation to and from school; reimbursement to parents
§ 9 Department to define circumstances requiring special education programs and to provide standards
§ 9A Workshop curriculum; parent advisory committee
§ 10 Referral of children to institutions within or without the commonwealth on annual renewal basis upon request; requisites; expenses and cost
§ 11A Incarcerated children with a disability; special education
§ 12 School departments; establishment; administration; staff; operation; expenditures; costs of education
§ 12A Definitions applicable to Secs. 12A to 12C
§ 12B Bureau of transitional planning; transitional advisory committee; establishment
§ 12C Continuing habilitative services; eligibility; transitional plan; rules and regulations
§ 14 Special needs programs; reimbursement of transportation costs
§ 16 Students with disabilities; participation in high school graduation ceremonies and activities without award of high school diploma

Terms Used In Massachusetts General Laws > Chapter 71B - Children With Special Needs

  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
  • Entitlement: A Federal program or provision of law that requires payments to any person or unit of government that meets the eligibility criteria established by law. Entitlements constitute a binding obligation on the part of the Federal Government, and eligible recipients have legal recourse if the obligation is not fulfilled. Social Security and veterans' compensation and pensions are examples of entitlement programs.
  • Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Litigation: A case, controversy, or lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants.
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • Oversight: Committee review of the activities of a Federal agency or program.
  • Pro se: A Latin term meaning "on one's own behalf"; in courts, it refers to persons who present their own cases without lawyers.
  • Remand: When an appellate court sends a case back to a lower court for further proceedings.
  • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.