Great news! In this unprecedented year, the Conference Committee maintained critical funding for Safe and Supportive Schools in their FY 21 budget, allocating $510,684.00 to the Safe and Supportive Schools line item (7061-9612). We are grateful to the lead sponsors Representative Ruth Balser and Senator Sal DiDomenico. Included in the line item funding are grants to schools, regional convenings, updating the Safe and Supportive Schools Framework and Self-Reflection tool, DESE staffing for the commission and evaluation. This funding will allow DESE to continue to build the community of practice that will help all schools become safe and supportive learning environments.