Senate Ways and Means Budget Released — May 17, 2017

Great news! The Senate Ways and Means budget was released yesterday and the line item for Safe and Supportive Schools includes $500,000 in critical funding needed to continue the successful implementation of the Safe and Supportive Schools statute. LEARN MORE

Safe and Supportive Schools Line Item Update — May 3, 2017

Representative Ruth Balser's budget amendment to restore the critical funding to continue implementation of the Safe and Supportive Schools statute resulted in the House including funding at $500,000 in its final proposed budget! This is an increase of $300,000 from the recommendation in the House Ways and Means budget! LEARN MORE

New Video Discussion Guide Available Now — April 24, 2017

Since the release of the video last fall, we received a large number of requests to share the video. Many who contacted us let us know that there was a desire to start a trauma-sensitive schools discussion in their own communities. In response to these requests, we developed a discussion guide to go along with the video. LEARN MORE

Urgent! Act Now–Safe and Supportive Schools Line Item — April 10, 2017

Unfortunately, the Safe and Supportive Schools line item (7061-9612) was significantly decreased in the FY18 House Ways and Means Budget. The proposed budget includes only $200,000, which is a reduction of $200,000 from the amount that was appropriated in last year’s budget. Thankfully, Representative Ruth Balser of Newton is filing a budget amendment to fund this line item at $400,000. This will restore critical funding for the line item. LEARN MORE

New Video Discussion Guide Available Now — April 24, 2017

Since the release of the video last fall, we received a large number of requests to share the video. Many who contacted us let us know that there was a desire to start a trauma-sensitive schools discussion in their own communities. In response to these requests, we developed a discussion guide to go along with the video. LEARN MORE

The Flexible Framework: An Action Plan for Schools — February 24, 2017

The Flexible Framework is an organizational tool that enables schools and districts—in collaboration with families, local community organizations, and outside providers—to maintain a whole school focus as they create trauma sensitive schools. LEARN MORE

In Trauma-Sensitive Schools Leadership and Staff Anticipate and Adapt to the Ever-Changing Needs of Students — December 6, 2016

Educators and administrators in a trauma-sensitive school do their best to adapt to challenges flexibly and proactively so that the equilibrium of the school is maintained despite inevitable shifts and changes. LEARN MORE

Trauma-Sensitive Schools Embrace Teamwork and Share Responsibility for All Students — November 4, 2016

Trauma-sensitive schools help all staff to feel like they are part of a strong and supportive professional community that shares responsibility for each and every child while working as a team to address the impact of trauma on learning. LEARN MORE

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The work of building Safe and Supportive School environments for all Massachusetts students continues to move forward.

The Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Committee has released its recommendations for the FY 18 budget and $500,000 has been allocated for the Safe and Supportive Schools Line Item. The Senate leadership has once again shown its support for the Safe and Supportive Schools Line Item.

If included in the final budget, this critical funding would enable the continued implementation of the provisions of the Safe and Supportive Schools Framework statute and continue to provide the capacity of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to carry out all of the duties that the legislature outlined in the statute.

Please stay tuned! When the Conference Committee convenes in June, we may contact you and ask that you act quickly to continue this advocacy effort.  If necessary, we will alert you by e-mail to use the “Act Now” button on our website to contact both your Representative and Senator to request that the Conference Committee take action on behalf of the Safe and Supportive Schools Line Item.

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WELCOME VIDEO

Director Susan Cole describes the work of the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative and its vision for creating and advocating for trauma-sensitive schools.

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The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has publicly released the second annual report of the Safe and Supportive Schools Commission (Commission). The Commission, co-chaired by TLPI’s Director Susan Cole, is established by MGL ch. 69, sec. 1P to “develop a statewide safe and supportive schools framework [and] . . . make recommendations on the feasibility of implementing this framework statewide.”

TLPI is pleased to share this second annual report. The report outlines six recommendations the Commission has made to the Legislature and the Governor in order to make progress on achieving the vision contained in the statute.

In this upcoming year, the Commission will engage further with stakeholders to inform subsequent recommendations to the DESE Board, Governor, and Legislature. Additionally, the Commission aims to present recommendations to the DESE Board during 2017, with the goal of having the Department post a revised safe and supportive schools framework and self-assessment tool for schools to use during the 2017-2018 school year.

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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.

For more information about the process of enacting this statute, please see the 2014 article, “Implementing Legal Strategies for Creating Safe and Supportive School Environments”  published in the Journal of Applied Research on Children authored by TLPI Director, Susan Cole.

PDF-downloadClick here to read the full article

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