Advocacy

Friends with backpacks going to schoolThe Safe and Supportive Schools Commission recommended increasing the line item for Safe and Supportive Schools to help the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) carry out the functions that are asked of it in the law.   We are grateful that Governor Baker has included the line item and level funded it in his proposed budget at $500,000.  His support is greatly appreciated.  In line with the Commission’s recommendation (see First Commission report), TLPI and others are asking to increase the line item and allow DESE to hire a staff person to carry out the many duties necessary to support implementation of the Safe and Supportive Schools Framework,  This includes:

  • providing technical assistance to schools;
  • supporting the safe and supportive schools grant program and helping grantees  pilot and share with other schools ways for developing and implementing school action plans;
  •  updating its website
  • hosting conferences and regional trainings for schools and districts;
  •  (vi) providing support to the safe and supportive schools commission established under subsection.

The fact sheet and proposed line item request a modest increase to $625,000.

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