Director Susan Cole describes the work of the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative and its vision for creating and advocating for trauma-sensitive schools.
NEWS AND UPDATES
News and Update May 2, 2016 — May 2, 2016
Good news!! Rep. Ruth Balser’s budget amendment to restore the critical funding needed to continue implementation of the Safe and … LEARN MORE
Urgent! Act Now–Safe and Supportive Schools Line Item — April 13, 2016
Unfortunately, the Safe and Supportive Schools line item (7061-9612) was significantly decreased in the FY17 House Ways and Means … LEARN MORE
Welcome, to the new TLPI Coordinator — April 4, 2016
A warm welcome to Marissa del Rosario, our new TLPI coordinator. Marissa will be working to create a broad learning … LEARN MORE
Susan Cole presents TLPI work at UNESCO Asia Summit — March 1, 2016
Susan Cole, Director of MAC’s Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative, was part of a distinguished panel of global leaders invited to speak at the Asia Summit on Flexible Learning Strategies (FLS) for Out-of-School Children (OOSC) held February 24-26 in Bangkok, Thailand. LEARN MORE
Update on House Budget
You made a difference! After the Safe and Supportive Schools line item was decreased in the house ways and means budget quick action was taken by many supporters. Rep. Ruth Balser’s budget amendment to restore the critical funding needed to continue implementation of the Safe and Supportive Schools statute resulted in the House putting $400,000 in the consolidated education budget (an increase of $200,000). Thanks to the Massachusetts advocacy coalition members who contacted their Representatives, the line item had strong support from 70 members of the House who signed on to co-sponsor the amendment. We are grateful for the leadership of Rep. Balser and the support of the many legislators who co-sponsored her amendment, and we thank all of the Massachusetts residents who contacted their Representatives. As the budget process moves forward through the Senate, we will continue our advocacy effort to reach the full $575,000 in funding for the Safe and Supportive Schools line item that Representative Balser requested. When the Senate Ways and means Budget is announced next week, if necessary, we will again ask you to email your Senator to urge him or her to sign on as a co-sponsor for a budget amendment. When you see the “act now” button in an e-mail from us, please know that we are asking for you to act quickly! Again, thank you so much. And Stay tuned!
On August 13, 2014, The Safe and Supportive Schools Framework (MGL Ch 69 Section 1P) was enacted into law when the Governor signed the legislature’s omnibus Act Relative to the Reduction of Gun Violence. These provisions establish a statewide “safe and supportive schools framework” to assist schools to create safe and supportive learning environments. The Safe and Supportive Schools Commission was established in this law to provide recommendations to the legislature and to the state on how best to ensure that all schools have the time and capacity create safe and supportive learning environments.
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