Debate is roiling over the role of police officers in schools. How much do they protect? How much do they contribute to the so-called school-to-prison pipeline? Should they be in schools at all? Education Week reporters and research analysts dug into the latest federal civil rights data to see who is most likely to be arrested at school and which students are most likely to go to schools with cops. We profile two districts—St. Paul, Minn., and Atlanta—trying, and struggling, to balance safety with a positive school climate.
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In 43 states and the District of Columbia, black students are arrested at school at disproportionately high levels, an Education Week Research Center analysis finds. One reason may be that African-American students are more likely than any other students to be in schools with police.
A series of violent incidents in the city’s schools—including contentious encounters involving police—have eroded trust and divided some students, teachers, and administrators, making the district's efforts to revamp school security challenging.
Obama Administration to Schools: Clear, Limited Roles for Police Get Police Out of Schools, Coalition of Student, Parent Groups Says Body Cameras on School Police Spark Student Privacy Concerns State Laws That Can Lead to School Arrests Targeted for Change Military Surplus Program Provides Weapons to School Police School Police Should Stay Out of Discipline, Organization Says Community Policing Task Force Has Recommendations for Schools, Too
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