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Here you will find tools, guides and recommendations for limiting the role of police in schools. Resources include policy recommendations asking for funding of restorative justice programs in schools and for school districts to minimize the use of law enforcement in school discipline matters, restricting police involvement to only serious criminal matters.


Youth of Color Statement on School Safety and Gun Violence (Research Report/Paper)

 A coalition of organizations led by youth of color, including the Youth Justice Coalition and other members of The Dignity in Schools Campaign and Alliance for Education Justice, have launched "You Can't Build Peace With a Piece" a national youth-led campaign to call for positive approaches in response to gun violence and address the impact of school safety policies on youth of color in t

Protecting Childhood: A Blueprint for Developmentally Appropriate School Policing in Virginia (Document)

On January 2016 the JustChildren Program of the Legal Aid Justice Center of Virginia released the Protecting Childhood: A Blueprint for Developmentally Appropriate School Policing in Virginia report. 

Beyond Zero Tolerance: Discipline and Policing in Pennsylvania Schools Updated 2015 (Document)

On February 23, 2015 the ACLU of Pennsylvania released the updated version of their report, Beyond Zero Tolerance: Discipline and Policing in Pennsylvania Schools, originally published in 2013.

Counselors Not Cops: Ending the Regular Presence of Law Enforcement in Schools (Document)

The Dignity in Schools Campaign has developed the Counselors Not Cops policy recommendations for ending the regular presence of law enforcement in schools for policy-makers at the school, district, state and federal level. 

Counselors Not Cops: Ending the Regular Presence of Law Enforcement in Schools Resource Guide (Document)

DSC has developed a set of policy recommendations for schools, districts, states and federal policy-makers, entitled How Police Became Part of the Public School System and How to Get Them Out Truthout Article (Document)

On November 2015, TruthOut published the article, "How Police Became Part of the Public School System and How to Get Them Out" by GS Potter, a community activist and educator.

National Juvenile Justice Network Safe and Effective School Disciplinary Policies and Practices (Document)

On August 2011, the National Juvenile Justice Network released the Safe and Effective School Disciplinary Policies and Practices policy platform with recommendations to ensure safe and effective school discipline policies and practices.

Solutions for Los Angeles Schools Police Department: A Blueprint for School Police Reform (2010) (Document)

The Community Rights Campaign and DSC-LA recently re-released this report, Solutions for Los Angeles Schools Police Department: A Blueprint for School Police Reform.  You can read more about this on the blog.