Unfortunately, the Safe and Supportive Schools line item (7061-9612) was significantly decreased in the FY17 House Ways and Means Budget. The proposed budget includes only $200,000, which is a reduction of $300,000 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 $575,000. This will restore critical funding for the line item and includes a slight increase of $75,000 to increase the capacity of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to implement the Safe and Supportive Schools Framework statute. We are writing with an URGENT request to please email your Representative (click on this link to send an email) and ask him or her to co-sponsor Representative Balser’s amendment!