Massachusetts Special Education Parent Advisory Council Statutory Framework


“The school committee of any city, town, or school district shall establish a parent advisory council on special education.

Membership shall be offered to all parents of children with disabilities and other interested parties.

The parent advisory council duties shall include but not be limited to:

advising the school committee on matters that pertain to the education and safety of students with disabilities;

meeting regularly with school officials to participate in the planning, development, and evaluation of the school committee's special education programs.

The parent advisory council shall establish by-laws regarding officers and operational procedures.

In the course of its duties under this section, the parent advisory council shall receive assistance from the school committee without charge, upon reasonable notice, and subject to the availability of staff and resources." (emphasis added)


"Section 1C. Each school district shall conduct, in cooperation with the local parent advisory council, at least one workshop annually within the school district on the rights of students and their parents and guardians under the special education laws of the commonwealth and the federal government and shall make written materials explaining such rights available upon request." (emphasis added)


Parent advisory participation. Each school district shall create a districtwide parent advisory council offering membership to all parents of eligible students and other interested parties. The parent advisory council duties shall include but not be limited to: advising the district on matters that pertain to the education and safety of students with disabilities; meeting regularly with school officials to participate in the planning, development, and evaluation of the school district’s special education programs. The parent advisory council shall establish by-laws regarding officers and operational procedures, and, in the course of its duties, the parent advisory council shall receive assistance from the district without charge, upon reasonable notice, and subject to the availability of staff and resources.”


"The district shall conduct, in cooperation with the parent advisory council, at least one workshop annually within the school district on the rights of students and their parents and guardians under state and federal special education laws."