U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin, Cory Booker and Bill Nelson Lead Call for Stronger Investment in Student Health and Safety
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the face of the opioid epidemic that is ravaging communities and gun violence that is endangering the health and wellbeing of America’s youth, U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin, Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) wrote a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee leadership calling for stronger federal investments that enhances student health and safety.
The letter requests the highest possible funding allocation for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant under Title IV-A of the Every Student Succeeds Act in order to provide schools with the resources they need to help their students be safe and healthy, as well as cope with the trauma associated with gun violence or the opioid epidemic in their communities.
The Senators wrote, “While we are aware of the numerous priorities you must address, Congress needs to convey a strong message about the importance of funding school health, climate and safety activities. Under the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant, schools can utilize funds for activities such as providing school-based health and mental health services and counseling, implementing systems and practices to prevent bullying and harassment, supporting trauma-informed classroom management, and establishing community partnerships. School districts can also use funds to improve school safety, including training school personnel in school-based violence prevention strategies and developing relationship building skills among students to help improve safety and prevent violence.”
As a formula-based program focused on the flexible, locally-determined use of funds, the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant is well suited to ensuring that a large number of districts have resources they can direct in a manner that best addresses their particular needs in supporting student health and safety, a well-rounded education and the effective use of educational technology.
Along with Senators Baldwin, Booker and Nelson, the following Senators also signed the letter: Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Bob Casey (D-PA), Angus King (I-ME), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tina Smith (D-MN), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ed Markey (D-MA), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Mark Warner (D-VA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Doug Jones (D-AL), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Chris Coons (D-DE).
The full letter is available here.
An online version of this release is available here.
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