May 1, 2024

Ariella and David Hellman have chosen to send their son to a private Jewish school in Massachusetts. Like many kids, their son is eligible under state law for special education and related services. Unfortunately, Massachusetts regulations make it impossible for their son to obtain the services at the school he attends. For parents like the Hellmans, this is an absurd situation. Massachusetts law penalizes them by requiring them to choose between the school they know is best for their son and the special education services to which their son is legally entitled.

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