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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Los Angeles school district rejects proposal to allow police to return to campus

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) rejected a proposal to allow police to return to school on September 14.

In February 2021, LAUSD voted 4 to 2 to remove the police from the campus in response to widespread protests against police brutality after the death of George Floyd. According to the order of the city council, school-trained climate coaches will replace the police to ensure school safety.

School board members George McKenna and Scott Schmerelson supported the proposal to restore campus police, and they both voted against the decision to remove the police from the school in February.

In the proposal, McKenna and Schmerelson stated that a survey conducted in the fall found that most parents and school staff in the demographic subgroup have a positive attitude towards the Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD), and emphasized that a large number of parents and staff oppose The school reduces the police.

“In the 2019-20 school year, out of 115,000 service calls, only 10 were complaints against school police from faculty, staff, parents or students,” the proposal stated, adding that school administrators expressed “profound… Authorization” to optimize school safety in a face-to-face learning environment.

“them [survey] Tell us that our parents do not support the idea of ​​removing the police… My parents want us to have a safe school. If you think the police are the problem, I think you have a problem yourself,” McKenna said at the February 16th parliamentary meeting.

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Board member Monica Garcia (Monica Garcia) first proposed reforms against school police in June 2020. Garcia proposes to reduce LASPD funding by 50% in the 2021-22 fiscal year. During the board meeting, “blacks are also fate” protesters gathered in front of the LAUSD headquarters to show their support for Garcia’s proposal.

In the end, the proposal was rejected by board member Jackie Goldberg’s proposal to cut the school police’s annual budget by $25 million. The decision to transfer these funds to support the African American Student Achievement Program and the Gang Reduction Program.

LASPD is the largest independent school police department in the United States. According to the LASPD website, following budget cuts, the number of sworn police officers employed was reduced from 410 to 211, and the number of non-sworn school security personnel was reduced from 110 to 25.

According to a report released by Crosstown, during the 2018-19 school year, LAUSD campuses reported crimes in 2014. Among the reported crimes, high school accounted for 45.6%, followed by middle school with 28.4% and 26% respectively. The number of registrations is closely related to the criminal activity reported to the Los Angeles Police Department.

A member of the LAUSD school board could not be immediately reached for comment. A spokesperson for Garcia declined to comment.



This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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