School Discipline is Not Meted Fairly
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Civil rights groups have been saying for years that school discipline is not meted out fairly, citing examples like these reported last year from around the country by the US Department of Education.
High rates of suspensions and expulsions for certain groups – particularly African-Americans, Hispanics, and those with disabilities – are evident in data gathered nationally by the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR).
The Dignity in Schools Campaign is a national coalition of over 100 organizations that promotes alternatives to a culture of zero-tolerance, punishment, criminalization and the dismantling of public schools. DSC fights for the human right of every young person to a quality education and to be treated with dignity.
The presence of police in schools has escalated dramatically in the last several decades, and the figures on arrests and referrals to law enforcement show disproportionate targeting of Black and Latino students. This is just one aspect of the school-to-prison pipeline, where some students are denied an opportunity to succeed, and instead are pushed out of school and into the juvenile or criminal justice system.
While the complete emotional, social and financial impact of daily police presence in schools is not fully understood, it is clear that students and their families are criminalized, and that school-based arrests and referrals to law enforcement go up when police have a regular presence in schools.
The Dignity in Schools Campaign has developed a set of policy recommendations for schools, districts, states and federal policy-makers to end the regular presence of law enforcement in schools.
These recommendations build on our DSC Model Code on Education and Dignity1 and are based on best practices, research and experiences of students, parents, intervention workers, peace-builders and educators from around the country, and on a human rights framework for schools. They are designed so that communities and policy-makers can identify specific areas of concern and implement the recommended language, including changing laws and policies, while taking into account the diverse needs and characteristics of individual communities. We recognize that some recommendations in this platform break new ground and are
The Dignity in Schools Campaign has developed:
This set of policy recommendations calls on schools, districts, states and federal policy-makers to remove any law enforcement assigned to be present on a regular basis in school.
A Resource Guide of FAQs, data and supplemental materials are below.
WE WANT COPS OUT OF SCHOOLS PERIOD! NO AGREEMENTS , NO MOUs
WE ASK FOR MORE COUNSELORS AND MENTORS NOT COPS. (COMMUNITY MENTORING AND ADVOCATING GROUPS SUPPORT)
WE NEED SROS IF THEY ARE IN SCHOOLS TO BE TRAINED
IN RESTORATIVE JUSTICE, BE A PART OF THE SCHOOL CLIMATE TEAM, TRAINED IN CULTURAL COMPETENCY AND TRAUMA INFORMED CARE AS WELL AS PBIS. THEY WILL NEED RESTRAINT CERTIFICATION.
EVERYONE THESE DAYS SEEM TO WANT A CRISIS TEAM WHEN A CHILD IS OUT OF CONTROL, WHAT IS THE DEFINITIION OF A CHILD OUT OF CONTROL? THE TEACHERS' UNION IS ASKING FOR THIS AT PPS IN THEIR CONTRACT WITHOUT THE INPUT OF THE FAMILIES AND OTHER SERVICES, THIS WILL MEAN DEPENDING MORE ON INTERVENERS LIKE SROS AND OTHERS WHO ARE NOT EXPERIENCED. IT GIVES FOLKS CART BLANK TO DO WHATEVER TO THESE CHILDREN AND IT WILL BE COVERED UP.
WE ARE ASKING FOR A PROTOCOL AND AGREEMENT FROM THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND SROS IN SCHOOL WHICH WILL NOT CRIMINALIZE A CHILD IF THE FOLKS WHO FEEL LIKE THEY ARE BEING HARMED DIRECTLY CALL THE POLICE.
"On those rare occasions when it is appropriate for law enforcement to enter a school building, there should be agreements with police departments that limit the cases when law enforcement can be called in to a school, with particular safeguards in place to ensure students' rights are protected," the organization said.
NEED SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS TO COMPLY WITH CIVIL RIGHTS LAWS.