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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1447         FILED ON: 1/16/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 499

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Theodore C. Speliotis

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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 to Equity and Fairness for Students with Disabilities.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Theodore C. Speliotis

13th Essex

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Michael Barrett

Third Middlesex

Marjorie C. Decker

25th Middlesex

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk

Donald Humason

 


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1447        FILED ON: 1/16/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 499

By Mr. Speliotis of Danvers, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 499) of Theodore C. Speliotis and others for legislation to provide equal opportunity for special education.  Education. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 168 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act to Equity and Fairness for Students with Disabilities.
 

              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.  The twelfth paragraph of section 3 of chapter 71B of the General Laws as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the third sentence the following sentence:

              The school committee shall have the burden of proof in any proceeding conducted pursuant to this section.

              SECTION 2.

              Section 3 of chapter 71B of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the twelfth paragraph the following paragraph:—

              Parents, guardians or persons with custody of a student who have either requested a hearing before the bureau of special education appeals seeking resolution of any dispute, or are parties to a proceeding initiated by a school committee at such bureau shall be entitled to reasonable attorney’s fees and related costs, including reasonable expert fees and costs, as a prevailing party if they achieve a favorable result in defense of the school committee’s action or if they obtain relief on a significant claim as a result of such request, or an appeal thereof, that effects a material alteration in the parties’ legal relationship, and is not merely de minimis, whether such relief is the result of a voluntary change in the school committee’s conduct, a settlement agreement, or a decision or order issued by a hearing officer or court.

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