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The Department has moved to 135 Santilli Highway in Everett. The Department's office and Licensure Welcome Center are open. The new location has free parking and is a short walk from the Wellington station on the MBTA's Orange Line.
Federal Grant Programs

Private School Equitable Services under ESSA

As with prior authorizations of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) contains provisions aimed at making certain forms of assistance available to children attending non-public schools. Under ESSA, changes to the pre-existing non-public school equitable services requirements include how to determine and communicate equitable funding information, details regarding the public school district-private school consultation process, and the establishment of a newly required ombudsman position at the state level.

Consultation with Private Schools

ESSA Ombudsman

Under ESSA, each state must designate an ombudsman to monitor and ensure ESEA equitable services requirements are carried out under both Title I and Title VIII (comprising Titles II-A, III-A, and Title IV-A&B) of the law.

Ombudsman Contact Information:
Alex Lilley

Private School Complaint Procedures under ESSA

Last Updated: February 16, 2024

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
135 Santilli Highway, Everett, MA 02149

Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370


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