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Massachusetts Law About Education

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603 CMR: Education


Massachusetts Department of Education

Selected Case Law

Opinion of the Justices to the Governor, 372 Mass. 874 (1977) Public school teachers and students can not be disciplined for not reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943) Requiring students to salute the flag and recite the Pledge of Allegiance violates First Amendment rights.

Other Web Sources

Background Record Check (BRC) Regulations and Policies, Dept. of Early Education and Care. The regulations require a review of both the criminal history (CORI) and the DSS background of all individuals age 15 and over who have the potential for unsupervised contact with children.

Beyond Financial Aid: A Guide to Extra Help for Low-Income Adult Students, Produced by Deborah Harris, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, and Ruthie Liberman, Crittenton Women’s Union. "Public programs can offer support, but sometimes the rules about who is eligible for public benefits, such as housing assistance, food stamps, or unemployment insurance, are different for students. This booklet will help you determine which public benefits may be available to you and your family while you go to school."

Concussion Information, MIAA. Includes information for schools, coaches and parents on the concussion law and concussion policies.

Erasing Hate: A Guide to Your Civil Rights in School, Mass. Attorney General. This is an archived version of a valuable page on school civil rights put together by the former Attorney General.

Fact Sheet: In-State Tuition for DACA Beneficiaries, Mass. Dept. of Higher Education, November 2012. "the Administration has determined that under the existing Board of Higher Education policy, DACA beneficiaries are eligible for instate tuition at our 29 public campuses as long as they meet the Board's other residency requirements for those institutions."

Homeschooling 101: Massachusetts homeschooling law, “Navigating the legal requirements for homeschooling in Massachusetts can be perplexing at first, but ultimately most homeschoolers find it to be relatively simple. Homeschoolers [can] acquaint themselves with the law. In Massachusetts that means reading GL Ch. 76, Sec. 1, as well as two court cases: Charles and Brunelle.”  This site suggests that “…these provide guidelines for homeschool regulation in Massachusetts.”

The McKinney Homeless Assistance Act: Education Rights for Homeless Youth, Children's Law Center. Explains educational rights of homeless children. ""McKinney" is a federal law that requires all homeless youth to have access to the same free and appropriate public education that is provided to all other children. McKinney states that homelessness alone is not a sufficient reason to separate students from the mainstream school environment."

Opening Procedures Handbook: A Guide for Boards of Trustees and Leaders of New Charter Schools, Mass. Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education Charter School Office, 2012. "The Handbook summarizes the opening procedures process, identifies the action items that must be completed prior to the school's opening, lists documents that must be submitted to the CSO as part of the opening procedures process (as well as their due dates), and lists additional resources available to the school founders as they prepare to open the school's doors to students."

Recreational Camps, Mass. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Includes information both for and about camps, such as Camp Regulations, Information about Recreational Camps in Massachusetts: Questions and Answers for Parents, and Memo to Boards of Health and Code Enforcement Agencies Medication at Recreational Camps for Children.

Students with Comfort Care/Do Not Resuscitate Orders, Mass. Dept. of Education, November 30, 2004. "In response to requests from several Massachusetts school districts, the following guidelines for the care of students with Comfort Care/Do Not Resuscitate Orders were developed in consultation with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) Office of Emergency Medicine and the MDPH Legal Office. We hope these guidelines will assist you." See Also: Comfort Care/Do Not Resuscitate Protocol.

Print Sources

13th Annual School Law Conference, MCLE, 2013.

School Law Basics: A basic review of law and practice involving public schools, MCLE. 2002.

School Law in Massachusetts, MCLE, loose-leaf.