School Districts Across The Country Move To Cut Contracts With Local Police
A number of school districts in the United States are moving to cut contracts with local police as riots break out across the country against police brutality and as the Black Lives Matter movement pressures politicians to defund the police altogether.
Earlier this week, the Minneapolis Public School Board voted to end its contract with MPD over the death of George Floyd. “I value people and education and life,” school board chairwoman Kim Ellison said in an interview. “Now I’m convinced, based on the actions of the Minneapolis Police Department, that we don’t have the same values.”
Two members of the Denver school board are urging the district to cut contracts with DPD and are set to bring a resolution forward Monday to have officers completely removed from the schools in the district by 2021.
“Our numbers show us that black children are still three to five times more likely to refereed to law enforcement or suspension, respectively, and again some of our own practices have introduced students to a normalization an internalization of their place, which is not something we want to contribute to anymore,” Denver Board of Education Vice President Jennifer Bacon told reporters.
“School resource officers are not needed to ensure the safety of all of our kids,” board Secretary Tay Anderson said of the move.
The superintendent of Portland Public Schools, Guadalupe Guerrero, said Thursday that he’s ‘discontinuing’ school officers’ presence in the city’s schools. Some in Chicago have also petitioned their leaders to do the same.