Great news! Senator Sal DiDomenico’s budget amendment (# 171) for the Safe and Supportive Schools line item (7061-9612) was adopted by the MA Senate. The amendment increased the amount of funding for the Safe and Supportive Schools line item to $600,000, the same amount included in the House budget this year. This will allow more schools and districts to receive grants to create and implement Safe and Supportive Schools Action Plans.
The amendment also incorporated important language changes that were included by the House and that would implement recommendations made by the Safe and Supportive Schools Commission, such as providing leadership summits to help support superintendents and principals to create safe and supportive schools.
Please stay tuned as the budget process moves forward into the Conference Committee. We may send out an alert in the coming weeks asking that you to email your Representative and Senator urging them to sign a letter to the Conference Committee requesting that they include funding for Safe and Supportive Schools in the final legislative budget.