2023 Legislative Briefing at the Massachusetts State House
On March 7, 2023, high school students from TLPI’s Students Speak project participated in a legislative briefing, Students Speak: Rebuilding Community in our Schools, at the Massachusetts State House.
Ten students provided testimony at the briefing and during visits with their legislative delegations to help legislators better understand what students need in order to do well in school, specifically as they continue to recover from the disruptions in their education as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Students spoke eloquently about the urgency for schools to focus on rebuilding a sense of community and fostering positive student-teacher relationships, as well as about the critical need for schools to include students in discussions about how to address the barriers that students are experiencing as they try to re-engage in learning.
The students advocated for the Legislature to continue funding the Massachusetts Safe and Supportive Schools initiative and to prioritize student voice in educational decision-making. The legislators found the students’ testimony compelling, and the state’s FY 24 budget now includes increased funding for the Safe and Supportive Schools Line Item.
Visit each student’s page below to read his or her testimony in full and to see video clips from the legislative briefing.