Category Archives: Administrative Advisories

Administrative and technical guidance on special education laws, regulations, and policies from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education.

Administrative Advisory SPED 2016-2: Requirements related to Maintenance of Effort

Administrative Advisory SPED 2016-2: Requirements related to Maintenance of Effort

To:
Superintendents, Special Education Administrators, Directors of Charter Schools, Business Directors, and Other Interested Parties
From:
Marcia Mittnacht
State Director of Special Education
Date:
November 2, 2015
This advisory replaces and supersedes Administrative Advisory SPED 2008-1 (now withdrawn). Administrative Advisory SPED 2015-1 informs school districts and charter schools (both referred to as districts in this advisory) about the new requirements in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) regulations1 related to maintaining annual fiscal effort in the expenditure of state and local funds for special education services to eligible students. … Read the rest

Administrative Advisory SPED 2015-2R: Special Education Parent Advisory Councils, Acceptable Alternatives, and Use of Social Media

To:
Superintendents, Administrators of Special Education, and Other Interested Parties
From:
Marcia Mittnacht
State Director of Special Education
Date:
March 18, 2015 (Section on Social Media revised 5/26/2015, 9/11/2015)
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department) issues this advisory relative to Special Education Parent Advisory Councils (PACs or SEPACs) and alternatives. … Read the rest

Administrative Advisory SPED 2012-1 The Autism Insurance Law

Administrative Advisory SPED 2012-1
The Autism Insurance Law

To: Superintendents, Charter School Leaders, Principals, Directors of Approved Special Education Private Schools, Directors of Educational Collaboratives, Administrators of Special Education, and Other Interested Parties
From: Marcia Mittnacht, State Director of Special Education
Date: August 22, 2011

I. Introduction

In July 2010, the Massachusetts legislature approved Chapter 207 of the Acts of 2010, An Act Relative to Insurance Coverage for Autism (ARICA)1 . … Read the rest

Administrative Advisory SPED 2016-1: SIMS Data Reporting

Administrative Advisory SPED 2016-1:
SIMS Data Reporting

To:
Administrators of Special Education, District Data Managers, and Other Interested Parties
From:
Marcia Mittnacht
State Director of Special Education
Date:
August 25, 2015
The purpose of this advisory is to clarify both the purpose of several student information management system (SIMS) data elements and appropriate responses for certain situations. … Read the rest

Administrative Advisory SPED 2006-1: Reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act –Initial Implications for School District Practices

Administrative Advisory SPED 2006-1: Reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act –Initial Implications for School District Practices

To: Special Education Administrators, Directors of Collaboratives, Directors of Approved
Special Education Schools, and Other Interested Parties
From: Marcia Mittnacht
State Director of Special Education
Date: August 1, 2005
  The purpose of this advisory is to highlight several key changes in federal special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA-2004) that became effective on July 1, 2005. … Read the rest

Administrative Advisory SPED 2001-3 Guidance on Using a Sliding Fee Scale for Public Payment of Independent Education Evaluations (IEEs) in Special Education

Administrative Advisory SPED 2001-3
Guidance on Using a Sliding Fee Scale for Public Payment of Independent Education Evaluations (IEEs) in Special Education

To: Special Education Administrators, Directors of Charter Schools, Other Interested Parties
From: Marcia Mittnacht
State Director for Special Education
Date: October 2, 2000
On September 26, 2000, the Board of Education promulgated emergency regulations in several areas of special education in response to outside sections of the FY2001 Budget that required such changes. … Read the rest

Administrative Advisory SPED 2014-1 Demonstration of performance skills of educational interpreters

Administrative Advisory SPED 2014-1
Demonstration of performance skills of educational interpreters

To:
Educational Interpreters for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard Of Hearing, School Districts, Approved Private Special Education Schools, and Collaborative Programs
From:
Heidi Reed, Commissioner, MA Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Marcia Mittnacht, State Director for Special Education, MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Date:
March 5, 2014
The Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) have collaborated to provide this guidance to educational interpreters for public school students who are Deaf or hard of hearing, and to the school districts (including charter schools), approved private special education programs, and collaborative programs1 that employ such interpreters. … Read the rest

Administrative Advisory SPED 2013-1 Parental Consent to Access MassHealth (Medicaid)

Administrative Advisory SPED 2013-1
Parental Consent to Access MassHealth (Medicaid)

To: Administrators of Special Education and Other Interested Parties
From: Marcia Mittnacht, State Director of Special Education
Date: June 13, 2013

I. Introduction

On February 14, 2013 the U.S. Department of Education published final regulations in the Federal Register for IDEA, Part B, that change the requirements of 34 CFR 300.154(d) related to parental consent to access public health insurance, in Massachusetts, MassHealth ( Medicaid). … Read the rest

Administrative Advisory SPED 2011-2 Amendments to the State Special Education Regulations – 603 CMR 28.00

Administrative Advisory SPED 2011-2
Amendments to the State Special Education Regulations – 603 CMR 28.00

To: Administrators of Special Education and Other Interested Parties
From: Marcia Mittnacht, State Director of Special Education
Date: June 1, 2011
On April 27, 2011, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted amendments to the Massachusetts Special Education Regulations at 603 CMR 28.00. … Read the rest

Administrative Advisory SPED 2011-1 Age of Majority

Administrative Advisory SPED 2011-1
Age of Majority

To: Administrators of Special Education, Directors of Approved Private Schools, and Other Interested Parties
From: Marcia Mittnacht, State Director of Special Education
Date: September 20, 2010
This advisory provides guidance to school districts concerning the transfer of rights under special education law when the student reaches age 18, the age of majority in Massachusetts. … Read the rest