- Requires the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to report out the number of mental health counselors and school resources officers
- Limits school personnel from disclosing student information to law enforcement, and subsequent entry of that information into shared law enforcement databases
- Senator Boncore’s Amendment 25 “Training and Certification for School Resource Officers” requires specific training for SROs on a host of important topics, to be developed in consultation with experts, and to be required before an officer can be assigned as an SRO.
- Senator Jehlen’s Amendment 80 “School Committee Approval of SROs and Data Reporting” puts school committees – not superintendents and police chiefs – in charge of annually approving school policing by vote, and requires that the district and police department comply with the reporting requirements of school-based arrests to qualify to have an SRO.
- Senator Jehlen’s Amendment 93 “Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline” prevents students who have been merely accused of a crime from being excluded from school without any real due process, and clarifies the type of student behavior that would rise to the level of being a danger in the school to justify expulsion and suspension.
- Senator Jehlen’s Amendment 108 “Protecting Students from Profiling” strengthens existing provisions of S.2800 on information sharing by prohibiting Massachusetts school staff and school police from sharing student information to the Boston Regional Intelligence Center and other gang databases.
What You Can Do
Time is of the essence! The Senate will be voting Tomorrow!
- Contact your Senator TODAY and ask them to support Amendments 25, 80, 93, and 108.
- Because elected officials get a lot of emails, follow-up with a phone call to ask whether the Senator will support these amendments.
- Click here to find your Senators emails and phone numbers.
Thank you for working with us to improve this important legislation and dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline!
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