MPS Special Education Department
Malden Public Schools strives to provide quality educational and related services to each and every child with a disability in the least restrictive environment, in accordance with state and federal regulations. We offer a wide range of programs and services to meet the needs of approximately 1,100 Malden students with disabilities ages three to twenty-two years old. We have an active and enthusiastic Parent Advisory Council who welcomes and supports parents and families at any and all events. At the building and district level, our special education teachers and support staff seek to work collaboratively with parents in addressing the needs of the children.
Office Hours: 7:30 am – 3:30 pm
Location: 77 Salem Street, Room H108
State and Law Requirements
603 CMR 28.00
The purpose of 603 CMR 28.00 is to ensure that eligible Massachusetts students receive special education services designed to develop the student’s individual educational potential in the least restrictive environment in accordance with applicable state and federal laws.
Support Groups and Additional Resources
Wrightslaw provides information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.
Federation for Children with Special Needs
The Federation for Children with Special Needs provides information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities. They are committed to listening to and learning from families, and encouraging full participation in community life by all people, especially those with disabilities.
Massachusetts Advocates for Children
Massachusetts Advocates for Children is an independent voice for children who face significant barriers to equal educational and life opportunities, particularly those who have disabilities, are low income and/or are racially, culturally, or linguistically diverse.
A special education watchdog group that is building a civil rights movement to remove the systemic obstacles that deny schoolchildren their special education rights.
Special Education Law
Special Education Law (specialedlaw.com) is a free search engine for BSEA decisions and rulings, DESE guidance, laws, and regulations in Massachusetts. It was created and is maintained by Attorney Daniel S. Perlman, as a resource for parents, advocates, and attorneys.
US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers.
Malden Public Schools contracts with the North Reading Transportation to provide transportation services for students. Please note as of August 30th, 2016, transportation will no longer be provided for students in the Malden Public Schools, with the following exceptions:
- The student has an IEP and specifies that transportation will be provided.
- The student is homeless and entitled to transportation under the McKinney-Vento Act.
The committee recognizes that this policy change may result in parents requesting transfers to schools closer to their residence. These cases will be considered on an individual basis by the Parent Information Center and the superintendent.