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State Rep. James Arciero recently joined with members of the Westford and Chelmsford Special Education Parent Advisory Committees (SEPACs) as they marked the start of the second annual SEPAC Awareness Month in Massachusetts.
As part of the event, Governor Charlie Baker issued an official proclamation declaring each November as SEPAC Awareness Month in Massachusetts. The language of the proclamation was the result of a collaborative effort of the two local SEPACs, with special recognition going to Alicia Curtin Mallon, a member of the Westford School Committee, Westford parent Kathy Healy Norton and Laurie McCarron of Chelmsford for their efforts in working with Arciero and state Rep. Thomas A. Golden of Lowell to have the governor issue the proclamation on behalf of all Massachusetts SEPACs. The proclamation outlines the rights of special education students and parents in the state in regard to the right to a proper education for all students in Massachusetts.
“SEPACs are vital organizations in our local communities that assist our special education students and families to equitably access quality education which they rightly deserved. I cannot praise enough the efforts of the members of the Westford and Chelmsford SEPACS for their advocacy both on the municipal and state levels to insure that these rights are maintained and respected,” said Arciero who has organized with his local SEPACs to hold an annual SEPAC on the Hill Day at the State House for SEPACS around the state to access their elected state officials.