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 19, 2016 — May 19, 2016
Great news! Newly released Senate Ways and Means Budget funds the Safe and Supportive Schools Line Item at $500,000. The … LEARN MORE
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
Update on the Safe and Supportive Schools Line Item
The Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Committee released its recommendations for the FY 17 budget, and funding for the Safe and Supportive Schools Line item was included at $500,000. This critical funding, if included in the final budget, would enable the continued implementation of the provisions of the Safe and Supportive Schools Framework statute, and will increase the capacity of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to carry out all of the duties the legislature outlined in the statute. Please click here to send a letter thanking your Senator for including this critical funding in the Senate budget.
As the budget process moves forward through the Conference Committee, we will continue our advocacy effort to include the Senate appropriation for funding for the Safe and Supportive Schools Line Item. When the Conference Committee convenes in June, we will again ask you to email your Representative and Senator to request that the Conference Committee adopt the Senate appropriation and budget language for the Safe and Supportive Line Item. In June, when you see the “act now” button in an e-mail from us, please know that we are asking for you to act quickly!
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.
To contact the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative, click here.