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School Climate Bill of Rights

The School Climate Bill of Rights is a package of policy changes that rolls back "zero tolerance" discipline and institutes resource-based alternatives.  Introduced by LAUSD Board President Monica Garcia, it was passed by the LAUSD Board on May 14, 2013

Full text of the resolution is available below as pdf or at this link.

The School Climate Bill of Rights is a project of the Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition, of which the Community Rights Campaign is a founding member.

Redefining and limiting the role of police in school discipline matters

One of the key components of the School Climate Bill of Rights is a set of policy principles that redefines and limits the role of police in school discipline matters.  The section of the policy on school policing reads as follows:

Defining role of police on campus and limiting involvement in non-threatening school discipline actions:

• The District recognizes the serious potential consequences for youth of law enforcement and juvenile court involvement and wishes to prevent unnecessary criminalization of student behaviors at school. Students have the right to safe school environments that minimize the involvement of law enforcement, probation and the juvenile and criminal justice system, to the greatest extent possible.

• The District shall review and evaluate all current school police policies, practices and training relating to the equitable treatment of students.

• The District shall furthermore review the data on the use of school-based citations and arrests and identify and remedy frequent use at individual school sites.

• The District is committed to a non-criminal enforcement model that supports strategic problem-solving models rather than citation and arrest-driven enforcement.

• The majority of student conduct shall be handled administratively utilizing school-based interventions that are intended to maximize student engagement in the classroom and school setting.

• To the greatest extent possible, and in lieu of the use of citations and arrests, schools shall implement school-wide positive behavior interventions and supports and restorative justice programs that improve school safety and academic performance.

• Clear guidelines regarding the roles and responsibilities of campus police officers on campus shall be established and shall contain criteria to properly distinguish administrative responses to student conduct pursuant to school district policies and state law, from criminal responses.

• District policy regarding school police shall be updated and each year school safety plans shall be reviewed consistent with district policy to include clear guidelines regarding the roles and responsibilities of campus police officers and contain criteria to properly distinguish administrative responses to student conduct pursuant to school district policies and state law, from criminal responses.

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