Apology for involvement in police weapons program not enough for protesters
The Fight for the Soul of the Cities, which has disrupted school meetings with calls to end the militarization of school police and reduce their forces, said they are not satisfied with the response from the LA Unified school board. After students and activists protested Friday afternoon outside LA Unified’s Beaudry headquarters, school board members Steve Zimmer, George...
By Mike Szymanski | April 25, 2016
Data show 3 of the 5 biggest school districts hire more security officers than counselors
School security officers outnumber counselors in four out of the 10 largest public school districts in the country — including three of the top five — according to data obtained by The 74. New York City, Chicago, Miami-Dade County and Houston schools all employ more security staff than counselors. New York City, Chicago and Miami-Dade...
By Matt Barnum | March 30, 2016
Ratliff resolution for more school police money meets resistance
Board member Monica Ratliff’s effort to quantify how much LA Unified spends on legal defenses to redirect the funds toward student safety improvement programs, ran into a barrage of opposition this morning as the district board began a long day of meetings. Ratliff introduced two resolutions in an open session meeting. One seeks to add an...
By Vanessa Romo | November 18, 2014
Ratliff has a plan for more school custodians but fewer police
Anyone attending a recent LA Unified School Board meeting has heard Monica Ratliff talk about “providing a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students” by boosting the district’s custodial staff. Tomorrow she’ll lay out her plan for doing it. Item No. 47 on another loooooong agenda, represents Ratliff’s attempt to hire 108 new full-time...
By Vanessa Romo | May 12, 2014