More than 45 legislators and 45 staff members visit member schools and attend State House Briefing

With the release of the House Ways and Means Committee Budget on April 12th now less than a month away and the House budget debate set to take place the week of April 24th, maaps is continuing its efforts in full force to overturn the Governor’s proposed C766 rate freeze in next year’s state budget.

maaps re-launched its #OurSchoolsCount campaign in late January and we’ve been working tirelessly with our member schools to reinforce the need for fair funding for C766 schools and to secure critically needed revenue to help educate students with special needs in the Fiscal year 2018 (FY’18) state budget.

A large part of these efforts have always centered on working with our member schools to host our annual ‘Invite Your Legislator to School Day’ visits and Legislative Meeting Series. We’re pleased to report that our State House Briefing and the first of our three C766 school visits this year have been very successful, drawing over 45 legislators and 45 staff members to date—and we cannot thank our members enough for all that you do to make these events as successful as they are.

Summit Academy students, parents, teachers and staff did a great job kicking-off our ‘Invite Your Legislator to School Day’ meetings joined by a number of Central Massachusetts legislators on February 10th. A few weeks later, the Kennedy Donovan Center School hosted a similarly heartwarming meeting at their New Bedford School, followed by visits to Westfield’s White Oak School and Hanover-based Cardinal Cushing Centers in early March.

We were also joined by a great group of Senators, Representatives and their staffs last week when Hopeful Journeys Educational Center opened its doors in Beverly, where school leaders, students and parents highlighted the impacts of a C766 school education and urged legislators to overturn the Governor’s rate freeze and support fair funding for our schools.

We once again send a big thanks to all the teachers, staff, students and families for make these visits such remarkable events for legislators and all attendees and for sharing the passion that exists within the walls of maaps schools every day. Thank you for all you do.

Over next two weeks, maaps will be continuing its ‘Invite Your Legislator to School Day’ meeting series at the Professional Center for Child Development in Andover and at Learning Prep School in West Newton. Please be sure to stay tuned for updates, coverage and highlights from each of these events.

We’re also beginning to think about the schedule for next year’s legislative visits. If your school is interested in working with maaps to host an event, please be sure to let maaps know!

Check Out Some of the Media Coverage from Our ‘Invite Your Legislator to School Days’

Special education school advocates make funding case to lawmakers in Worcester,

Worcester Telegram & Gazette, February 10

Legislators discuss special education at White Oak School,

The Westfield News, March 4

Developmentally delayed students speak to local lawmakers,

The Patriot Ledger, March 10

Hanover: Cardinal Cushing Centers Hosts ‘Invite Your Legislator to School Day’,

95.9 WATD FM, March 10

School for autistic kids offers hope, but struggles for funding,

The Salem News, March 25