School Climate & Safety Interactive

Which Districts Have Cut School Policing Programs?

By Maya Riser-Kositsky, Stephen Sawchuk & Holly Peele — June 04, 2021 | Updated: November 18, 2021 1 min read
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To develop this interactive database, the Education Week Library tracked news reports on school resource officers from May 2020 through Nov. 18, 2021. The figures reported here are probably an undercount, since not all changes may have been captured by local media.

To date, at least 49 districts serving about 2 million children have ended their school policing programs or cut their budgets.

Data Note:

  • Ended - School officials decided to end their contract with local police for school police officers or to disband their own police division.
  • Budget cut - The district significantly decreased their budget for school police, but did not remove all police from schools.
  • Alternate - School officials have not yet removed police, but implemented different plans to try to address community concerns about police and discipline in schools.
  • Unknown - No decision has been made yet.
  • Considered; kept SROs - School officials discussed removing SROs from schools but decided not to.
  • Reversed course - The district ended its policing program, but has since brought it back.

Source: Student body data is from the National Center for Education Statistics, 2019-2020.

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