Counselors Not Cops
How can we support the Black Lives Matters movement by removing School Resource Officers (SRO) from schools? Can monies routinely allocated to the police be rerouted to school districts to fund social workers, counselors, and other caring professionals? How can we ensure that schools are safe without having a police presence in buildings?
PORTLAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS CANCELS ITS CONTRACT WITH PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU! NO MORE SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS AT PPS!
Mayer Wheeler said that both he and Superintendent Guerrero came to the same decision to eliminate SROs (School Resource Officers) independently.
“The community wants this. We’re listening, and we’re doing it,” Wheeler said. What was missing from both the speech of Mayor Wheeler and of Superintendent Guerrero was the acknowledgement of all the organizations that have been pushing for the removal of police in Portland Public Schools for over a decade. It took the critical events of this moment to finally be heard. Portland Parent Union and Resolutions Northwest have led the way. Dignity in Schools, Parents Across America Oregon and Black Lives Matter PDX also struggled to make parent voices heard.
Counselors Not Cops is a blog post from December 2018 describing the tension caused by SRO's in PPS. Read to find out more about the struggle to remove police from schools over the past several years. It has been a hard fought battle by champions who have been given little credit for all their hard work. It's too bad that the travesty of George Floyd being murdered in brad daylight by police officers is the catalyst that caused the change. Kudos to Sheila Warren at Portland Parent Union, Susan Anglada Bartley, Resolutions Northwest, Parents Across America, Dignity in Schools Campaign, and many other grassroots organizations that never gave up the fight.
Below parents and students ask hard questions of a Portland School Resource Officer during a conference sponsored by Portland Parent Union and Dignity in Schools Campaign. His responses were not satifactory as many felt they weren't being heard.
Read the story Portland Public Schools Says Goodbye to Police in Schools..