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Appendix One: Supporting Organizations

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education can provide information, assistance, and referrals on questions about legal rights or anything else related to students.

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Below are listed Department of Elementary and Secondary Education offices that may be helpful in specific areas of student rights. All are located at 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02418.

Student Advisory Council
Health, Safety and Student Support Services
(781) 338-6320

Office of Student Leadership
(781) 338-3205

School Meals
Nutrition Education and School Food Services
(781) 338-6480

Bilingual Education, Discrimination / Equal Educational Opportunity, Special Education
Program Quality Assurance
(781) 338-3700

Other Organizations

Below are listed some of the organizations interested in students' rights. They may be able to provide assistance to students who believe that their rights have been violated.

Massachusetts Advocacy Center
76 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 357-8431

Provides advocates to work with individual students who believe their rights are being violated. They are particularly interested in students' right to education, special education, child health (both physical and mental), the protection of children used as research subjects, the juvenile justice system and access to public information. They also provide research on law-related school issues. No charge for services. Advice given over the telephone.

Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts
60 Devonshire Street
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 742-8020

Handles violations of constitutional rights. Since it is a small organization, it can only handle a limited number of cases. If it does not take a case, it will refer the caller to another organization or to a private lawyer who will help. No charge for services.

Executive Office of Health and Human Services
1 Ashburton Place
Boston MA 02108
(617) 727-7600

State agency for services for children under age sixteen. Coordinates services (such as day care facilities, temporary shelters for runaways, and programs for institutionalized children) provided for children by different state agencies. Provides information, referral and advocacy services for individual children.

Legal Services Offices
Boston area:
Greater Boston Legal Services
197 Friend Street
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 371-1234

Neighborhood offices of lawyers who handle a variety of cases. Funded by the federal Legal Services Corporation. A family's adjusted income must be below a certain level in order to be eligible. No charge for services.

Center of Law and Education
197 Friend Street
9th Floor
Boston MA 02114
(617) 371-1166

Publishes a variety of information on student rights and other legal issues in education. Provides back-up assistance to legal services offices (see above) on cases involving schools.

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Last Updated: January 1, 2000
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