Legislative Briefing 2022
On March 9, 2022, secondary school students presented a legislative briefing on Zoom to the members of the Massachusetts legislature. Students testified in support of a funding increase for the state budget line item that funds Safe and Supportive Schools.
Students’ testimony focused on the difficulties of returning to school after the pandemic. They helped educate legislators about the importance of relationships and connection at school as a foundation for their learning. Students also emphasized how critical it is for them to have a voice in decision-making at their schools and that many students – especially students of color and those from other marginalized backgrounds – are not listened to by the adults in their schools.
The legislators listened to the students. In July 2022, the legislature passed a budget that included an additional $100,000 for Safe and Supportive Schools, as well as language requiring the state to hold an annual conference for educators that teaches them how to incorporate student voice in their schools.