A shocking and unacceptable reality has emerged in America's schools: over 100 children in elementary school were arrested in just one year, a glaring symptom of an educational system in crisis. This alarming trend signals a dire need for change, highlighting a troubling reliance on police presence in schools that disproportionately harms students of color and those with disabilities.
Sign the petition to urge the U.S. Department of Education to reallocate federal funding from School Resource Officers (SROs) to mental health services, counseling, and educational support programs in schools.
The presence of SROs in schools often leads to increased criminalization of minor disciplinary issues, particularly affecting vulnerable student groups. A shift in funding towards mental health services and counseling can provide a more nurturing and supportive environment, addressing the root causes of behavioral issues and promoting the well-being of all students.
We ask the Department of Education to lead this crucial policy shift at the federal level. By redirecting resources from policing to supportive services, we can ensure that schools become safe havens that prioritize the mental and emotional health of students. This move will not only benefit individual students but also contribute to a healthier, more productive learning environment for all.
Sign the petition to call on the Department of Education to increase funding for supportive services in schools, fostering an environment where every student can thrive.