Advocates Urge Houston ISD To Disband School Police Force

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“Even before George Floyd died after being handcuffed and restrained by Minneapolis police, advocates were trying to reduce the police presence in Houston schools.

Now Floyd’s death magnifies the danger of over-policing for students of color and children with disabilities, according to a letter sent to Houston school district administrators.

A coalition of social justice groups, including attorneys, educators and youth involved in the juvenile justice system, are urging the Houston Independent School District to divest from school policing. Instead, they argue that money should put more mental health counselors and social workers in schools.”

Read more on HoustonPublicMedia.org.

You can also read The Safe & Supportive School Collaborative’s letter on behalf of DRTx, Children’s Defense Fund Texas, The Earl Carl Institute at Texas Southern University, ONE Houston and Texas Appleseed urging Houston ISD to divest from school policing in the district by clicking the link below:

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