Student advocacy pays off: Mass State legislature funds An Act Relative to Safe and Supportive Schools

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Students in the Education Law Clinic / Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative (TLPI) tirelessly worked over the last few months to encourage Massachusetts state legislators to fund An Act Relative to Safe and Supportive Schools.   In July, both the House and Senate chambers approved $500,000 for the implementation of the statute.  The funding will allow $400,000 in grants to […]

Governor Patrick signs Safe and Supportive Schools into law

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For the past year, Harvard Law students in the Education Law Clinic have travelled back and forth to the Massachusetts State House to lobby state legislators to pass an Act Relative to Safe and Supportive Schools. On August 13, all that work paid off, when Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed the Safe and Supportive Schools provisions into law.

Harvard report focuses on creating and advocating for trauma-sensitive schools

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The Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative, a nationally recognized collaboration between Harvard Law School and Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC), recently published the second volume of its landmark report “Helping Traumatized Children Learn” which offers a guide to a process for creating trauma-sensitive schools and a policy agenda to provide the support schools need to achieve that goal.

Students testify before education committee to garner support for safe schools

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Eight Harvard Law School students in the HLS Education Law Clinic of the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative (TLPI) recently spent a full day at the Massachusetts State House, testifying before the Joint Committee on Education and lobbying legislators to garner support for legislation proposed by the Clinic to create safe and supportive school environments.