The Children’s Education Advocacy Project assists students and parents in special education and discipline cases in schools. Our attorneys work with families to make sure that each student's needs are correctly identified, his/her rights are protected, appropriate services are developed and delivered, and opportunities for continued education are preserved.
Children's Education Advocacy Project attorneys help families by:
- Reviewing and offering advice on documents;
- Representing students at IEP (Individualized Education Plan) team meetings and/or discipline hearings;
- Negotiating for students with school personnel or school attorneys; and/or
- Representing students at mediation or further due process actions including hearing before the Bureau of Special Education Appeals.
To promote equal and non-discriminatory treatment for all students, the Children’s Education Advocacy Project also addresses inequities facing low income and minority children who may be more vulnerable due to poverty, race, limited English, or disability.
- Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (formerly Massachusetts Department of Education)
- Council for Exceptional Children
- Children's Law Center of Massachusetts
- Center for Law and Education
- Disability Law Center
- Office for Civil Rights
- Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services
- Federation for Children with Special Needs
- Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee
- Massachusetts Advocates for Children