police free schools
Petition to Pittsburg unified school district
Get Pittsburg Police Department out of Pittsburg Unified School District
"Every Scholar. Every Day. They deserve nothing less than our best." It has become apparent that the presence of police officers in our learning environment is unsafe. The officers that are employed (known as "School Resource Officers") do not "protect and serve" students but rather create a hostile, unsafe environment for students. It is a fact that police murder and terrorize Black, Indigenous, and Hispanic/Latinx communities. Students deserve to feel safe at school. Pittsburg Unified School District must cut ties with the Pittsburg Police Department immediately, and listen to the demands of the students enrolled in PUSD schools. We are calling on Pittsburg Unified School District to 1) Not renew their contract with PPD 2) Allocate funds towards restorative justice practices, mental health services, etc. 3) Fully fund education Please call, email, and contact Superintendent Janet Schulze and members of the PUSD Board of Trustees demanding the removal of cops in our District. Their information can be found on the official PUSD website or through this link: https://www.pittsburg.k12.ca.us/domain/27 We anticipate the immediate, effective response of Pittsburg Unified School District. It is now time to protect and serve students. Let PUSD know that we do not want cops in our schools. #BlackLivesMatter #NoJusticeNoPeace
Petition to William Hite, Joyce Wilkerson, Leticia Egea-Hinton, Ameen Akbar, Julia Danzy, Mallory Fix Lopez, Lee Huang, Maria McColgan, Angela McIver
Tell the School District of Philadelphia: We Want #PoliceFreeSchools!
The anger and frustration in the streets of Philadelphia and across the country are not just because of what happened to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor or Ahmaud Arbery. People are angry because, for years upon years, black people were being murdered by police. They are frustrated because, for years upon years, calls for justice were ignored. People are tired of being ignored. They are tired of being terrorized in their communities. And the energy we are feeling now can not end here. We have gone through too much for this issue to go back into the closet. Therefore, the Philadelphia Student Union calls on Superintendent William Hite and the School District of Philadelphia's Board of Education to commit to police free schools. We are calling on the District to: Remove all police and school resource officers from schools. Have the Office of School Safety replace school police with community members trained in de-escalation, restorative justice, and other skills that support healthy schools and communities. End its memorandum of understanding with the Philadelphia Police Department. Disciplinary and other school infractions should be dealt with by administration and staff, not the police. We believe that black lives matter. We believe it's time this country addressed the role of police in maintaining white supremacy and control in communities. We believe that young people have to be their own leaders. They have been let down by too many elected officials, including the President. It is up to every young person to contribute their voice, energy, and talents to solving society's worst problems. We believe that young people should not be discouraged - this is not the end of the world but the start of a new one.
Petition to Palm Springs Unified School District Board of Education
Call for Police Free Schools in PSUSD
In light of recent social unrest regarding high instances of police violence in black communities, we formally request the PSUSD Superintendent and Board of Education members to follow in the footsteps of Minneapolis and Portland Public Schools to immediately terminate their contract with Law Enforcement School Resource Officers within our schools. In reference to accountability measures set forth in the PSUSD Local Control Accountability Plan that specifically states: “Palm Springs Unified School District will provide students with a clean, healthy, physically and emotionally safe learning environment,” we ask that you consider the impact that police presence has on the safety and emotional well-being of students of color, especially our black youth. Dr. Lyon recently shared a statement expressing solidarity with our youth to “eliminate any barriers that could prevent our students from succeeding and reaching their full potential.” Our communities hold our local districts accountable to ensure we achieve this goal of eliminating those barriers. It is for these reasons we urge board members and Superintendent Dr. Lyon, to take direct action in protecting and uplifting our students of color by eliminating law enforcement involvement. According to the Annual Update report for LCAP year 2019-20, PSUSD allocated a combined $1.7 million to Campus Safety and Security and School Resource Officers in its review of the 2018-19 budget. PSUSD should set the example for other school districts to re-allocate resources to expand holistic learning environments. PSUSD should commit to dismantling the punitive infrastructure of our current school system by shifting their approach to behavioral challenges in schools. PSUSD should invest in transformative justice measures that increase counseling and mental health services to students and families and require training for teachers to apply restorative justice strategies in their classrooms. PSUSD should begin the process towards applying those sustainable student support models rather than criminalizing undesirable behavior. We must look to the future of police free public schools if we are truly committed to providing equitable opportunities for student achievement. Fund the health and development of our students, not the police.
Petition to PSD Board of Education, Fort Collins City Council
Take SRO's Out of Poudre School District
In the interim while we make the transition to police free schools, we support the School Justice PSD Recommendations for the SRO Program On Tuesday, June 23, the Poudre School District Board will sign a new contract with the Fort Collins Police Department to put police in our schools for one more year. Those police cost our school district nearly $1 million dollars a year, at a time when our schools have no money. There is a better way to provide services to students There is a better way to provide safety in our schools We feel that SROs must be eliminated from our schools for these reasons: · Approximately 25% of the students in Poudre School District are students of color · Nearly 50% of the students referred to law enforcement or disciplined in Poudre School District are students of color. · Data shows that Police in schools do not increase school safety. · Police in schools increase fear and mistrust among students of color. · Police in schools leads to racial profiling of students. · Police in schools results in violations of procedural and civil rights of students. · Police in schools leads to the criminalization of students. · Police in schools leads to more suspensions, expulsions and legal actions against students of color. · There are many alternatives to having police in schools.
Petition to Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart
We Demand Police-Free Schools in Suffolk County, NY #PoliceFreeSchools
Tell Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart we don’t want police in our schools! Here in Suffolk County, our students have long been harmed by the presence of school resource officers and police in our public schools. School disciplinary processes and policies have treated Black, Latinx, and other marginalized students more severely than white students. Police presence in our schools has caused violence fear, trauma, stigma, wrongful incarceration, family separation, and the deportation of our community’s children. Police/ School resource officer presence in our schools magnifies and reflects the racial disparities that divide our communities and further increases the mistrust between communities of color and law enforcement. Police free schools is a common-sense measure that recognizes the need for an inclusive, trauma-informed and restorative school climate and essential social -emotional supports required to keep schools safe. The resources used to provide police in schools must be redirected to culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health, guidance, social work and other supportive services in schools. School safety depends primarily on creating inclusive, supportive, and positive school climates where students feel they are part of a caring community that fosters a positive well-being. There is no valid rationale for the irreparable harm done to our most at-risk students with the endured use of exclusionary disciplinary measures and the unjustified presence of police/school resource officers in our schools. If we are going to take urgent and immediate action to eliminate inequities in policing, we must start by getting police out of our schools. Commissioner Hart needs to hear from you right now!
Petition to Superintendent Greg Baker
Remove police presence from Bellingham Public Schools
We are demanding that the superintendent of Bellingham Public Schools prioritize student well being and remove police presence from our schools. This petition is organized by a group of Bellingham school district educators, support staff, and community members. We are in the midst of widespread upheaval over the systemic violence of policing. Evidence shows that police presence results in learning disparities for Black, Brown, and Indigenous students. The police system also has a well-documented history connected to the school-to-prison pipeline, in which Students of Color are punished harshly for behaviors that are considered age-appropriate for white children. Instead, we should be investing in trained and trusted community and staff members to de-escalate and respond to student needs. We join the calls of those across Bellingham, the state, and the country to remove police presence from our schools. For our district specifically, this includes the removal of the district resource officer, the first responder lunch program, and police participation in school/community events. We demand that we do better for our students. We will no longer accept empty gestures, suggestions of “reform,” and allusions to how the Bellingham Promise has already done this work. There has been a lack of transparency from the district around the cost, purpose, and outcome of the program. We are demanding that our voices be heard now, and that real change be made to the way this district allocates its resources and prioritizes the well being of students. The superintendent has stated that “We commit to asking the hard questions of how we hold ourselves and our community accountable for enacting justice and dismantling the systems that enable racism, bigotry and hate.” In signing this petition, it is our intention to hold the school district accountable to align their actions with their words. For more information on how and why police presence in schools is harmful to students you can see a presentation given by staff here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Gpmn6jJSyx2wE3cXKfy7FZ0UJ2ffcZBs/view?usp=sharing To sign up for our email list to be involved in future actions, visit the website:www.saferbellinghamschools.com
Petition to Superintendent (Dr. Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed) and the Hopkins School Board.
Police Out Of Hopkins Public Schools!
In response to the killing of George Floyd, Minneapolis Public Schools voted unanimously on June 2nd to terminate its contract with the Minneapolis Police Department. St. Paul Public Schools also voted on June 23rd to terminate their contract with Saint Paul Police Department. Similar actions are being pursued by school districts in New York, Illinois, Oregon, North Carolina, and more. Now it’s our turn. We demand Hopkins Public Schools to follow suit and immediately terminate its contract with the Minnetonka Police Department and other similar police presences from your schools. Due to ongoing police violence nationwide, it has become clear that the presence of police in our students’ learning environment is inherently unsafe. Hopkins Schools is a diverse district located in Minnesota. 45% of the student body is non-white and 21% of students are black. Police and Student Resource Officers contribute to creating a criminalizing, unsafe, and unwelcoming school environment. Statements of diversity, inclusion, and a safe and supportive learning environment mean absolutely nothing if they are not backed up by action. Hopkins Schools needs to invest in our students and make a commitment that’s more just than words and end this partnership. When police walk the halls of schools, black children are disproportionately arrested, often for low-level offenses, contributing to a vicious cycle called the School-To-Prison Pipeline. In order to eliminate the School to Prison Pipeline, Hopkins Schools needs to terminate School Resource Officers (SROs) and end all agreements with Minnetonka Police. Ending the contract with Minnetonka police isn't the only thing we are pushing for. We are demanding Hopkins Schools to create a safe and equitable education for our students. One SRO in our district is funded 113,000 dollars. The police placed in our schools only brings traumatic experiences to students. Instead of funding School Resource Officers in our schools, the funds appropriated towards them should be used to invest in classrooms, mental health services, and improving counseling services all of which support and uplift your students. Our community looks forward to the Hopkins Public School District's response, anticipating the District's agreement with the community on terminating their contract with Minnetonka police and the need to protect and support our children. htps://www.hopkinsschools.org/about-us/school-board/board-members
Petition to Carroll County Board of Education
Abolish Police Presence in Carroll County Schools
The presence of armed SRO’s in Maryland schools only serves to create unsafe environments for students of color. Proposals to place police in schools have resulted in an increasingly punitive system of school discipline aimed at BIPOC. Placement of police officers in schools increases referrals to law enforcement for crimes of a less serious nature. The consequences of involving students in the criminal justice system are severe, especially for students of color, and may negatively affect the rest of their lives. Therefore, lawmakers and school officials should consider alternative methods to create safer learning environments. School safety doesn’t have to mean policing. The budget for Maryland’s Safe to Learn Act should instead be allocated to more nurses, child psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, support staff, and an increase in wrap-around services. The Safe to Learn Act specifies that SRO’s are not required in every school. Therefore, we demand a legislative movement to suspend or phase out police presence in Carroll County schools. Our goal is to eventually creat police-free schools in all of Maryland. We demand putting an end to the criminalization of black students. We demand access to a safe learning environment without the presence of armed SRO’s.