By Bob Katzen

The Senate 39-0, approved an amendment that would increase funding by $400,000 (from $400,000 to $800,000) for grants to schools for the prevention of hate crimes and incidences of bias in public schools.

The grants would be used for education, professional development, prevention or community outreach, prioritizing schools that have experienced hate crimes or incidences of bias within the last two years.

“With skyrocketing incidences of hate crimes and bias against people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, Jewish people and other minority groups, these programs are now more important than ever,” said sponsor Sen. Mike Moore (D-Millbury). “Addressing misinformed beliefs during children and teens’ formative years is the best strategy for preventing discriminatory behavior down the road, Hate has no home here in Massachusetts – I’m pleased to have received my colleagues’ support on this critical funding.”

(A “Yes” vote is for the additional $400,000.)

Sen. Patricia Jehlen Yes

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