Even the tough conversation continues There are plans to reopen schools in California, Student activists, community organizers and teachers in Los Angeles celebrated Said on wednesday Thousands of years of protesters had won a major victory in a month’s push to do something last summer: defaming the police.
On Tuesday, leaders of the Los Angeles Unified School District approved a plan to cut one-third of their school police officers and instead diverted $ 25 million to programs supporting students of color and especially black students .
[Read the full story here.]
The plan approved on Tuesday removed 70 sworn officers who have arrest powers; 62 redundant officers; And one support staff member, leaving 211 officers on the force of the district. Officials at Los Angeles’ secondary schools will be replaced with “climate coaches” from the community mentoring students, helping to resolve conflicts and remove implicit bias.
“I think I’m perfect, I’m excited,” said Camry Brown, the first black female student school board member at Crensch High School’s senior college. “I think the people in charge are paying attention to what the people who are experiencing this have to say.”
In doing so, Los Angeles joined a growing number of cities across the country that have reduced the presence of armed police officers in school halls.
[If you missed it, here’s a look at calls to defund the police from the summer.]
Ms. Brown told me that she is thrilled that more funding will go toward programs that help create a “stronger campus climate”, and focus on things like conflict-enhancement and relationship building rather than punishment.
Opponents of this move do not disagree with those goals. But he emphasized that police officers on campus — spread over 700 square miles — help protect students from outside threats and, when they are victims of crimes, comfortable talking with officers Feel.
“I think part of the challenge is people who want us to apply the law to students in any way, and that cannot be far from the truth,” said William Attew, vice president of the Los Angeles School Police Officers Association.
Most people of the time said, police officers are called by teachers or administrators for help. He acknowledged that there may be racial inequality in which students are disciplined or suspended, but this is part of a wider conversation for school leaders.
“What we have to do is look at who our officers are calling and what is being said about our officers,” Mr Attew said.
[Read more about the debate over whether police officers make schools safer or more dangerous.]
Still, for parents like Afreka Howard, whose son is a seventh grader at Audubon Middle School, it doesn’t matter how police officers engage with students. Their presence can cause trauma.
She said her family was facing a period of being homeless and in need of mental health when her son was in the third grade in the district and was “stigmatized”. She said that at one point of time, her son was handcuffed to discipline her.
Ms. Howard said that school administrators told her that they did not call the police – they were already there.
“They handcuffed my 9-year-old child?” He told me.
Ms. Howard said the district’s move to invest more in other programs for students of color made her optimistic. She hopes the work will continue – these leaders will consider giving mental health education to students.
“I just want the Board of Education to understand that we can never go back,” she said. “I just want them to continue working with us.”
[Read about why reopening schools in the West Coast’s biggest cities has taken so long.]
What else to know here today
a Spike in Kovid related deaths There is anger and anxiety among patients at a government psychiatric hospital in Fresno County. They blame the hospital staff for an outbreak that has killed hundreds of infected and more than a dozen patients in the past six months. [The Sacramento Bee]
Gov. Gavin Newsom and MLA leaders have agreed $ 9.6 billion pandemic aid package It will provide 600 checks to millions of low-income Californians, and grant and tax cuts to businesses battling the epidemic. The Legislature may vote early next week. [The San Francisco Chronicle]
Newsom administration officials said they would Evaluate the role of California’s historic carbon trading program As the state examines and updates its climate road map. [CalMatters]
California has a statewide eviction moratorium and government rental relief there. Nevertheless, according to Census Bureau surveys, more than one in seven tenants in the state were behind in their rental payments last month. Some tenants have accumulated High level of debt with no clear path. [CalMatters]
California’s border work force consists of 5.7 million people. Millions are falling from the crack An incomplete vaccine delivery system. [The Los Angeles Times]
Dr. Larry Brillion, a Bay Area Epidemiologist, Predicts a foreseeable future for the epidemic: “The problem is tomorrow’s version. We are just on the tail. ” [San Francisco Chronicle]
Orange County, Coronavirus Matrix After Five Weeks of Improvement, Is approaching the threshold to move to a less restrictive level of the state’s four-tier system. [The Orange County Register]
Los Angeles Zoo reopened, again on Tuesday morningWith capacity, capped at 2,400 people per day, and allowed a maximum of 400 per hour. It closed on December 7 for the second time due to the epidemic. [The Los Angeles Times]
– Compiled by Jake Frankfield and Steven Mighty
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