I don’t know when it started but it seems like in the last decade or so that public schools have gotten a lot more dangerous.
It used to be that when a police officer would visit a school that it would be as part of some special assembly or career day or something like that.
Now, every school of some size has to have some kind of police officer there all the time in case something happens. It’s usually more of a case of when than if.
It you look at some of the things that have happened in public schools recently in terms of assaults or acts of violence in general it almost seems like some people were being given a free pass.
It’s almost like schools are telling the school bully that you can only beat up three people a week or something like that.
The Trump administration has revoked an Obama-era policy that urged public schools to employ more lenient forms of discipline for students of color and of other minority groups.
On Friday, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice rescinded the Obama administration’s 2014 “Dear Colleague Letter” that a federal school safety commission said“may have paradoxically contributed to making schools less safe.”
The Obama-era Departments of Education and Justice, under Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder, issued school guidelines that claimed students of color are “disproportionately impacted” by suspensions and expulsions, a situation they said led to a “school-to-prison pipeline” that discriminates against minority and low-income students.
In school districts that adopted the policy, minority students whose behavior would have previously drawn an arrest or a suspension were, instead, referred to “teen courts” or “restorative talking circles.”
According to the Obama administration’s 2014 Dear Colleague letter, school districts whose disciplinary measures showed “disparate impact” – meaning a disproportionately greater number of minority students are affected by disciplinary measures – were open to investigation by the Departments of Justice and Education, even if the behaviors leading to the discipline were unacceptable.