Despite a noted lack of counseling staff and behavioral health services in public schools, proposals to increase school safety tend to arrive back at the same “solution”: increasing school resource officers on campus. The ACLU opposed this legislation which would have done just this by indefinitely extending a reimbursement program for school districts that choose to hire additional SROs. We testified that a reimbursement program could incentivize the funneling of critical financial resources into law enforcement rather than sorely needed mental health programs, and that increased disciplinary and enforcement protocol and personnel on campuses would disproportionately affect students of color, students with disabilities, and LGBTQ students. This bill died in committee.
School Resource Officer Funding (H 5370)
Representative William O'Brien
Died in Committee