Education – The Arc and Other Civil Rights Organizations Release White Paper on Practical Solutions to School Violence

On April 2, several civil rights organizations, including The Arc, released a white paper titled “Civil Rights Imperiled: Discussions Must Focus On Practical Solutions To School Violence.” The paper was released in response to calls to rescind Department of Education guidance on school discipline and increase the presence of school resource officers in the wake of the tragedy in Parkland, FL. The white paper notes that such solutions do not make schools safer, but instead will lead to greater disparities in discipline of minority students, and more arrests for behaviors that should be a concern of the school rather than law enforcement. The white paper concludes with four recommendations to make schools safer.

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