Safety does not exist when Black & Brown young people are forced to interact with a system of policing that views them as a threat and not as students.
Research supports the use of mental health professionals like counselors, restorative justice programs, and other alternatives to police.
It cannot be overlooked that this year’s Teacher Appreciation Week comes on the heels of teacher strikes in five states: West Virginia, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arizona and Kentucky. In each of these states, educators have demanded better wages, additional resources for students, and smaller class sizes. Unfortunately, the systemic under-appreciation of teachers is part of a wider trend of divestment from public education since the financial crisis of 2008. Over the last decade, teacher salaries adjusted for inflation have fallen almost 5 percent. At the same time, class sizes have increased and support for mental health professionals, counselors, librarians and other…
“School is supposed to be a safe environment, but how can we feel safe in a place that feels like prison?"