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Critical Questions on Bilingual Special Education
The following materials presented at the MATSOL conference in 2012 were the result of a collaboration activity of the Dual Language Special Education Network.
Question 12. Does G.L. c. 71A apply to students receiving special education services or accommodations for disabilities?
Under Section 4 of G.L. c. 71A, special educational programs for students with disabilities“shall be completely unaffected.” Therefore, services delivered according to an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan for students with disabilities are unaffected by the requirements of G.L. c. 71A.
If a student with disabilities has an IEP or a 504 Plan that requires instruction to be provided to the student in a language other than English, then the district must comply with the IEP or 504 plan in this regard, and no waiver is required.
Source: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS REGARDING Chapter 71A: ENGLISH LANGUAGE EDUCATION IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, August 2003