Resolve: Fix the Student

  • Teresa L. Sullivan


In order to substantially improve emotional health of students who have been exposed to adverse structural or family conditions such as poverty, trauma, illness, death of a parent, or violence, Massachusetts has imposed behavioral health regulations onto schools, educationalizing student behavioral health. This chapter examines the state legislative and regulatory responses to student behavioral health concerns that potentially adversely impact student achievement scores and graduation rates. The regulations specifically imposed onto schools are problematized in a real-world context. Three broad and comprehensive regulations illustrate the recent movement to educationalize the behavioral health impact of social structural issues such as poverty, trauma, and violence on students. A survey of Massachusetts South Shore secondary school principals reveals the level of school compliance and associated views of the capacity of schools to mitigate, prevent, and treat behavioral health.


Test scores Graduation Secondary school School compliance Behavioral health 


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  • Teresa L. Sullivan
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  1. 1.PlymouthUSA

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