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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 246         FILED ON: 1/15/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 221

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Sal N. DiDomenico

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relating to special education evaluation and referral.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

Michael F. Rush

Norfolk and Suffolk

Martin J. Walsh

13th Suffolk

Carlo Basile

1st Suffolk

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 246        FILED ON: 1/15/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 221

By Mr. DiDomenico, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 221) of Sal N. DiDomenico, Michael F. Rush, Martin J. Walsh, Carlo Basile and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to special education evaluation and referral.  Education. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relating to special education evaluation and referral.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1.  Section 3 of chapter 71B of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the first sentence in the sixth paragraph and inserting in place thereof the following sentence:-

              Within sixty days after receiving consent from the child’s parents or guardians, the school committee shall provide an evaluation as hereinafter defined.

              SECTION 2.  Section 3 of said chapter 71B, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by inserting in the eighth paragraph after the second sentence the following sentence:-

              Within ninety days after receiving consent from the child’s parents or guardians to complete an evaluation, those persons assessing the child shall provide the child’s parents or guardians with a suggested special education program, including placement.

              SECTION 3.  Chapter 111G of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 2 the following section:-

              Section 2A. (a) Programs providing early intervention services shall refer a child who may be eligible at age three to receive special education services, as defined in section one of chapter seventy-one B, to the school district where the child is eligible to enroll not later than six months before the child’s third birthday nor more than nine months before the child’s third birthday, subject to receiving parental consent for the referral. Programs must document their requests for parental consent of this referral and the result of these requests. The referral shall include:

              (i) the child’s name;

              (ii) the child’s date of birth;

              (iii) contact information, including names, addresses, and telephone numbers of parents or guardians; and

              (iv) a brief description of the reasons for referral or the nature of the program for which the child may be eligible.

              (b) When a program providing early intervention services convenes a conference among the program, the family of a child who may be eligible at age three to receive special education services, and the school district where the child is eligible to enroll, to discuss any special education services the child may receive upon reaching age three, the program shall send written notice of this conference to the school district no later than five days prior to the conference.

              SECTION 4.  Section 2 of chapter 111G of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the third paragraph the following paragraph:-

              If the division adopts an opt-out policy that requires programs providing early intervention services to inform the parents or guardian of a child receiving these services of the intended disclosure of personally identifiable information and to allow the parents a specified time to object, this policy shall specify that a parental opt-out must be received after a child’s second birthday in order to prevent the disclosure of such information for the purposes of planning the child’s transition to preschool.

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