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BOSTON- Senator Sal DiDomenico recently received a Legislative Champion award from Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC) and Harvard Law School for his leadership as a champion of Safe and Supportive Schools and his commitment to improving school success for all children in Massachusetts. Senator DiDomenico received this award at MAC’s event Celebrating Voices, which honored advocates for children in the Commonwealth. In addition to receiving the award from MAC, Mayor Martin Walsh presented Senator DiDomenico with a citation.
“I am honored to be named a Legislative Champion by Massachusetts Advocates for Children,” said Senator DiDomenico. “I am proud to be recognized by an organization that has done so much for our young people, and I look forward to continue working with MAC to advance legislation that will help children across the Commonwealth.”
Senator DiDomenico has been a longtime supporter of legislation that improves Massachusetts's education system and has been a strong voice in the Senate for reducing barriers to equal education and life opportunities for children throughout the commonwealth.
He was the lead Senate sponsor of Safe and Supportive Schools legislation that was ultimately included in the gun safety legislation that was signed into law by Governor Patrick in 2014. The Safe and Supportive Schools provision codifies the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative (TLPI) framework that helps schools become trauma sensitive, so students who have experienced trauma in their lives are able to learn in a nurturing school environment.
TLPI is a nationally recognized collaboration between Massachusetts Advocates for Children and Harvard Law School with the mission of ensuring that children impacted by family violence and other adverse childhood experiences succeed in school.