A coalition made up of what it says are more than 100 organizations in 27 states and the District of Columbia has issued a document calling for the removal of law enforcement from schools.
The Dignity in Schools Campaign, which represents students, parents, advocates, and educators, also called for new forms of discipline and student supports.
Its position paper comes a few weeks after federal officials released new guidance urging schools to limit the roles of school-based officers and to ban their involvement in routine disciplinary issues. The guidance also recommends better training and more carefully worded agreements between law-enforcement agencies and schools. But those recommendations don’t go far enough, the campaign said, calling for the removal of designated, on-site officers altogether.
A version of this article appeared in the October 05, 2016 edition of Education Week as Group Campaigns to Rid Schools of Police