PROVIDE HOMELESS CHILDREN WITH TRANSPORTATION TO SCHOOL BILL CONSIDERATION

By Bob Katzen

The Education Committee is considering a bill that would provide school transportation to homeless students. The schools would be reimbursed by the state for any costs that aren’t covered by federal funding.

Supporters cited a 2018 report that says over 3,000 students in Massachusetts experience homelessness in a given year.

“One of the biggest factors for determining positive life outcomes for a child is education, and the quality of that education is an equally important determinant,” said Sen. Dean Tran (R-Fitchburg), the sponsor of the proposal. “Fortunately for those of us who live in the commonwealth, we have the ability to take advantage of the best educational system in the country. Unfortunately, the overall quality of our education system is meaningless if our children cannot get to class.”

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