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September 28, 2013
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Hanif Houston (510) 684 - 0322
Los Angeles, CA—On October 3rd, the School Police Workgroup will bring their voices to the Fourth Annual National Week on School Pushout by leading policymakers on a tour through two high schools in Los Angeles to showcase the unique safety strategies that some schools are using to improve school climate and protect students without involving law enforcement. The event will take place from 9:00AM to 2:00PM at FREE L.A. High School in Inglewood and Augustus Hawkins High School for Community Action in South Los Angeles.
The School Police Workgroup will join over 50 organizations in more than 20 states to demand that our school systems adopt positive approaches to addressing behavior problems instead of relying school police or armed guards. Studies show that students who attend schools with on-site law enforcement are more likely enter the juvenile justice system due to the criminalization of behaviors more appropriately traditionally resolved by school administration. In 2011, Los Angeles School Police Department issued over 10,000 citations to students for behaviors that did not threaten school safety; 95% of the citations went to students of color, 71% went to male students and 43% went to students aged 14 and younger.
The Week of Action, which will take place from September 28 to October 5, is being coordinated by the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC), a national coalition of more than 70 organizations. DSC member organizations will hold rallies, marches, forums and trainings calling on states and school districts to hire counselors and school psychologists, and train teachers and school personnel in using positive discipline practices that build healthy relationships between teachers and students and treat discipline as a teaching moment. Learn more about the Dignity in Schools Campaign at: www.dignityinschools.org.
WHAT: A tour through two Los Angeles high schools to showcase unique strategies to keep students safe and reduce police presence on campus.
WHO: Students, parents, and faculty; education advocates from Children’s Defense Fund – California, Youth Justice Coalition, the Labor/Community Strategy Center, and Pasadena Unified School District; statewide and regional representatives.
WHEN: Thursday, October 3rd, 9:00AM – 2:00PM
WHERE: FREE L.A. High School and Augustus Hawkins High School, 1137 E. Redondo Blvd., Inglewood, CA and 825 W. 60th St., Los Angeles, CA. A bus will be available to transport tour attendees to the school other sites and back. See agenda for more details.
For more information, interviews or to reserve a seat on the bus, contact Hanif Houston, (510) 684 - 0322.
The School Police Workgroup is a partnership of the Children’s Defense Fund – California, The Community Right Campaign, American Civil Liberties Union, and the Youth Justice Coalition committed to promoting alternatives to harsh school discipline policies and reducing the presence of law enforcement on school campuses.