Many say officers in schools are assuming a disciplinary role, and students would be better served by social and mental health services.
Skeptics are casting doubt on whether school resource officers are effective – and drawing attention to persistent disparities in how they treat students.
Law enforcement officers are stationed in more than half of Vermont’s school districts. Are they keeping staff and students safer?
The Vermont Racial Justice Alliance and over 1,000 callers to recent municipal meetings have called for the city to remove police officers from schools.
The Burlington School Board is reconsidering its partnership with the Burlington Police Department amid calls from community members to remove police officers from schools.
School board chair and others say the outgoing superintendent viewed the letter and sent an email thanking those who drafted it.
School officials have endorsed the mayor’s desire to keep the officers in schools, though the Vermont Racial Justice Alliance demands otherwise.