State Releases School Resource Guide on Combating Hate Crimes


BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The state has released a school resource guide to help schools create a hate crimes policy.

The Baker-Polito Administration’s Hate Crimes Task Force says the guide provides model policies and best practices that promote safe and inclusive learning environments for all students, parents, teachers, staff and administrators.

Click to read the Hate Crimes in Schools Resource Guide.

The School Resource Guide was developed by a team of researchers from Northeastern University, American University and the Anti-Defamation League of New England. Researchers reviewed documents from more than 60 organizations and conducted interviews with key stakeholders from the task force, the Executive Office of Public Safety (EOPSS), and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The research team engaged a diverse set of experts, including police, school administrators, teachers, prosecutors, and representatives of the legal rights and civil liberties community.

The administration is also making $ 400,000 in grants available to local school districts to support the development and implementation of hate crime programs, which will be administered by DESE, in coordination with EOPSS, to prevent hate crimes. hate crimes and incidents motivated by bias in public. schools. The grant application will soon be available for school districts who can apply for up to $ 50,000 to fund education, professional development, prevention and community outreach to reduce crime motivated by race, color, l national origin, religion, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, and disability.

The Governor’s Hate Crimes Task Force is charged with fostering effective coordination in the awareness, prevention, investigation and prosecution of hate crimes across the Commonwealth. It was created in 1991 by Governor Bill Weld in conjunction with the Hate Crimes Report Act, and was then formalized in 1997 by Executive Order 401 from Governor Paul Cellucci. In 2021, Governor Baker signed legislation that will ultimately transform the Governor’s Hate Crimes Task Force into a new statutory hate crimes task force under Chapter 6, Section 221 of the General Laws.

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