Category Archives: BSEA Rulings

The Bureau of Special Education Appeals (“BSEA”) conducts mediations, advisory opinions and hearings to resolve disputes among parents, school districts, private schools and state agencies concerning eligibility, evaluation, placement, individualized education programs (IEPs), special education services and procedural protections for students with disabilities.

In re: Student v. Haverhill Public Schools – BSEA # 20-05314

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW APPEALS BUREAU OF SPECIAL EDUCATION APPEALS In re:  Student v. Haverhill Public Schools BSEA #2005314 RULING ON SCHOOL’S MOTION FOR PARTIAL SUMMARY JUDGMENT In the instant case, the Haverhill Public Schools (Haverhill or HPS) has filed a Motion for Summary Judgment in which it asserts that it has agreed to provide Parent with all of the prospective relief that she seeks on behalf of Student, namely, funding for a day placement at a private school chosen by Parent. 
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In re:  Student v. Boston Public Schools & Department of Elementary and Secondary Education – BSEA # 20-06658

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW APPEALS BUREAU OF SPECIAL EDUCATION APPEALS In re:  Student v. Boston Public Schools & Department of Elementary and Secondary Education BSEA # 2006658 RULING ON THE  DEPARTMENT OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION’S MOTION TO DISMISS On March 28, 2020, Parent filed a Hearing Request in the above-referenced matter. 
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In re: Rand v. Sharon Public Schools – BSEA # 19-12408

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW APPEALS BUREAU OF SPECIAL EDUCATION APPEALS In re: Rand1 v. Sharon Public Schools BSEA #1912408 RULING ON PARENTS’ MID-HEARING REQUEST FOR SUBPOENA DUCES TECUM AND SHARON PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ MID-HEARING REQUEST TO AMEND WITNESS LIST This matter, filed on June 19, 2019, is currently in hearing before Hearing Officer Amy Reichbach.
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In re: Tyler v. Berkshire Hills Regional School District – BSEA # 20-08730

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW APPEALS
BUREAU OF SPECIAL EDUCATION APPEALS
Tyler1  v. Berkshire Hills R.S.D. BSEA #2008730 CORRECTED RULING ON SCHOOL’S MOTION TO PROCEED This matter comes before the Hearing Officer on the Motion of Berkshire Hills Regional School District (“the School”) to proceed with a due process hearing after the Parents had withdrawn consent to special education.  
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In re: Student v. Sudbury Public Schools – BSEA # 20-05312

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW APPEALS BUREAU OF SPECIAL EDUCATION APPEALS In re:  Student v. Sudbury Public Schools BSEA #2005312 RULING ON MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT In the instant case, the Sudbury Public Schools (Sudbury or SPS) requested a hearing before the Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA) in response to the Parents’ prior request for funding from SPS for an independent education evaluation (IEE) of Student. 
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In re: Al v. Newton Public Schools – BSEA # 20-07208

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW APPEALS
BUREAU OF SPECIAL EDUCATION APPEALS
 In re: Al v. Newton Public Schools BSEA #2007208 RULING  STATEMENT OF THE CASE Al1 is a 14-year-old boy who carries the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). His overall cognitive abilities fall within the extremely low range.
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In re: Preston v. Nashoba Regional School District – BSEA # 20-04002

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW APPEALS BUREAU OF SPECIAL EDUCATION APPEALS In re: Preston1 v. Nashoba Regional School District BSEA #2004002 RULING ON THREE RIVERS’ MOTION TO VACATE AND/OR QUASH SUBPOENAS AND MOTION TO MODIFY AND LIMIT SUBPOENA DUCES TECUM, AND ON NASHOBA REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT’S SECOND MOTION TO POSTPONE This matter comes before the Hearing Officer on two Motions filed by Three Rivers regarding subpoenas issued by the BSEA at the request of Nashoba Regional School District (NRSD or “the District”), and the second Motion of NRSD to postpone the hearing.
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In re: Student v. Lincoln Public Schools – BSEA # 20-07623

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW APPEALS BUREAU OF SPECIAL EDUCATION APPEALS In re: Student v. Lincoln Public Schools BSEA #2007623 RULING ON MOTIONS TO DISMISS AND FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT OF LINCOLN PUBLIC SCHOOLS On February 14, 2020, Parents filed a request for hearing with the Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA) which alleges that Student’s current placement at the Carroll School (Carroll) in Waltham, MA is appropriate, and that the Lincoln Public Schools’ (Lincoln or LPS) proposed placement at the Landmark School would not provide Student with a free, appropriate public education (FAPE).
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In re: Student v. Westwood Public Schools – BSEA # 20-07024

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW APPEALS BUREAU OF SPECIAL EDUCATION APPEALS In re: Student v. Westwood Public Schools BSEA #2007024 RULING ON MOTION TO DISMISS ON PROCEDURAL GROUNDS OF WESTWOOD PUBLIC SCHOOLS On January 22, 2020, Parents filed a request for hearing with the Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA) seeking the following relief: (1) a determination that IEPs proposed by Westwood Public Schools (Westwood or School) for the period from February 26, 2019 to February 25, 2020 are inadequate to provide Student with a free, appropriate public education (FAPE); (2) an order directing Westwood to reimburse Parents for their expenditures for Student’s placement at two out-of-state1 residential programs: Elements Wilderness Program (“Elements”) between March 28, 2019 and June 12, 2019 and Discovery Ranch between June 12, 2019 and the date of the decision in this matter; and (3) an order for prospective funding for Student’s placement at Discovery Ranch.
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In re: Preston v. Nashoba Regional School District

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW APPEALS BUREAU OF SPECIAL EDUCATION APPEALS In re: Preston1 v. Nashoba Regional School District BSEA #2004002 RULING ON NASHOBA REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT’S MOTION TO POSTPONE This matter comes before the Hearing Officer on the Motion of the Nashoba Regional School District (NRSD or “the District”) to Postpone the Hearing scheduled to begin May 11, 2020 due to school closures in connection with COVID-19.
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