SIGNIFICANT VICTORIES!SB 1, SB 2 and 5001 collectively address behavioral and mental health in schools with more funding and important new standards for school social workers and other needed resources. Elements include requiring districts to conduct student trauma needs assessments (which will help identify needed resources); requiring certain health plans to cover two mental health wellness examinations per year without a requirement for prior authorization; creation of a grant program to provide for student mental health specialists; grants for hiring and retaining additional school social workers, school psychologists, school counselors, or school nurses; school-based health center expansions; minority teacher recruitment scholarships; expansion of preschool and mental health and behavioral services; requiring Boards of Education to establish policies limiting the withholding of recess as a form of student discipline; and establishing an annual student mental health day (May 26) “Get Outside and Play for Children’s Mental Health Day.” CCAG Special Projects Coordinator Liz Dupont-Diehl’s Testimony is here. CCAG Organizer Mykah Knight’s Testimony is here. These bills are included in Public Acts 22-80, 22-81, and 22-47.
PROGRESS: SB 274 AAC MINORITY TEACHER RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION, was a study bill that made it out of committee. We will continue to work with allies on this critical issue.
PARTIAL VICTORY - SB 423AA IMPROVING INDOOR AIR QUALITY IN PUBLIC SCHOOL CLASSROOM, would require local and regional boards of education to maintain healthy indoor air quality in their schools. It passed out of committee. CCAG Organizer Mykah Knight’s Testimony is here.Language from the bill is included in the budget as an ongoing grant program, with funding for the first year, but not in the school construction bond program, which would have been preferable. Still it is progress and we will work to strengthen it. Many thanks to CEA for its work creating and leading a coalition to fight for this.
Education Equity & The American Rescue Plan
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