Students in the Education Law Clinic / Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative (TLPI) traveled back and forth to the Massachusetts State House on numerous occasions over the last few months to encourage state legislators to fund An Act Relative to Safe and Supportive Schools.
This month, their work paid off, when both the House and Senate chambers approved $500,000 for the implementation of the statute. The funding will allow $400,000 in grants to schools and $100,000 for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to establish safe and supportive learning environments and cultures. The funding will also help schools and districts through provisions for technical assistance, state and regional conferences, and sharing best practices related to the implementation of the framework.
This marks a second victory for TLPI and the students who last August prevailed in having the provisions of the bill enacted into law.
The Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative, which is a joint program of the Massachusetts Advocates for Children and Harvard Law School, continues to lead efforts in supporting schools to meet the learning needs of all children. TLPI is also working on a research study to assess school culture outcomes for three schools that are using the Safe and Supportive framework.