Special Education Laws

The law requires that all public schools ensure that all eligible children with disabilities have a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) based on a student’s individual needs. The Nashoba Regional School District is responsible to offer students programs and services that will allow students to make meaningful, effective progress commensurate with their individual potential academically, socially and emotionally. 

Below are links to many special education laws and regulations.  The legal references below are often needed by Massachusetts parents. Each section has pertinent information that is easily accessible.

We recommend you read the guide prepared by the Federation for Children with Special Needs which can be downloaded here.  This guide is a user-friendly explanation of the process, timelines and procedures of Massachusetts special education. “A Parent’s Guide to Special Education"


Massachusetts provides a Parent Information and Resource Center (PIRC) to answer a parent's question relative to special needs. They also provide information and guidance regarding special needs procedures and laws.  Massachusetts PIRC is at the Federation for Children with Special Needs 529 Main St Suite 1M3, Boston, MA 02129 (617) 236-7210.