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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Tom Sannicandro and Steven A. Tolman


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 promote the successful transition of students with disabilities to post-secondary education, employment, and independent living .






Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

Mark J. Cusack

5th Norfolk

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Steven A. Tolman


Rhonda Nyman

5th Plymouth

Walter F. Timilty

7th Norfolk

Patricia D. Jehlen


John P. Fresolo

16th Worcester

David B. Sullivan

6th Bristol

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Thomas P. Conroy

13th Middlesex

Brian A. Joyce

Norfolk, Bristol, and Plymouth

Karen E. Spilka


Ellen Story

3rd Hampshire

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

John H. Rogers

12th Norfolk

John V. Fernandes

10th Worcester

Sonia Chang-Diaz


Garrett J. Bradley

3rd Plymouth

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex, Suffolk, and Essex

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Cynthia S. Creem


Patricia A. Haddad

5th Bristol

Jason M. Lewis

31st Middlesex

Stephen R. Canessa

12th Bristol

James B. Eldridge


David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex

James M. Murphy

4th Norfolk

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk

William M. Straus

10th Bristol

Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera

10th Hampden

Martha M. Walz

8th Suffolk

George T. Ross

2nd Bristol

James Arciero

2nd Middlesex

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

John J. Binienda

17th Worcester

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex

Alice K. Wolf

25th Middlesex

David M. Torrisi

14th Essex

Theodore C. Speliotis

13th Essex

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Anne M. Gobi

5th Worcester

William N. Brownsberger


Katherine M. Clark

Middlesex and Essex

Steven M. Walsh

11th Essex

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



An Act to promote the successful transition of students with disabilities to post-secondary education, employment, and independent living .


              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.  Chapter 71, section 38G, of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the definition of “temporary certificate” the following definition:-

              “Transition Services”, as defined in 20 USC 1401 (34)

              SECTION 2 Section 38G of said chapter 71 of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph:-

              The board of education shall provide a specialist teacher license in transition services which shall include both coursework and field experience for previously licensed special education teachers and rehabilitation counselors to develop the competence necessary to serve as transition coordinators to facilitate provision of a coordinated set of activities to adequately prepare students with disabilities to achieve successful transition to post-school activities including further education, competitive employment, and independent living. The requirements for the specialist teacher license in transition services, as promulgated by the board, can also be used to satisfy the requirements for a professional license. 

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