The MA House Ways and Means Budget was released yesterday and it funded the Safe and Supportive Schools line item at $600,000 – an increase of $100,000! This critical funding, if included in the final budget, will support implementation of the Safe and Supportive Schools Framework statute.
News and Updates
TLPI is pleased to share the Safe and Supportive Schools Commission’s third annual report, which summarizes the Commission’s charge and duties and articulates a vision of ensuring that every school in the Commonwealth has the support it needs to cultivate a safe and supportive learning environment for all students.
The MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE), in collaboration with the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC), the Collaborative for Educational Services, and Massachusetts Advocates for Children’s Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative (MAC/TLPI), is hosting the second annual conference on Safe and Supportive Schools. The conference will be held on March 23 in Worcester, MA.
In the wake of the school shooting last week in Parkland, Florida we have been humbled by the outpouring of care and concern expressed by so many. As we all grapple with the magnitude of this tragedy, we wanted to share a few pieces that relate to the importance of creating safe and supportive schools for all students.
MA DESE announced grant awards for the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 (FY18) Safe and Supportive Schools Grant Program (Fund Code 335), funded through the Safe and Supportive Schools line item (7061-9612). Seventeen MA districts and their selected schools received FY18 Safe and Supportive Schools Grants.
There is new information from MassHealth to share. In the aftermath of recent hurricanes (Harvey, Irma and Maria), some evacuees are seeking out family and friends in the Commonwealth and are now residing in Massachusetts. MassHealth has developed processes to streamline the application process for hurricane evacuees. For more information, please visit the MassHealth website at https://www.mass.gov/service-details/for-hurricane-evacuees-applying-for-masshealth
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced that the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) Safe and Supportive Schools Grant Program (Fund Code 335), funded through the Safe and Supportive Schools line item (7061-9612), is now accepting proposals.
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.
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!
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.