A proposal that would allow school police officers to be put back on campuses was rejected by the Los Angeles Unified School Board on Tuesday, September 14, seven months after a majority of board members decided to put them permanently on campuses in the first place. Voted to move out. .
The resolution, sponsored by board members George McKenna and Scott Schmerelson, was framed as a local control issue for school sites, giving principals and individual school communities the autonomy to decide whether they were a middle or high school. I want to post an officer. The resolution would not have forced the authorities to bring back all secondary schools.
Similar to February’s vote, when McKenna and Schmerelson were the only ones on the seven-member board that voted against removing officials from campus, they were the only two to support this week’s resolution.
Board member Jackie Goldberg abstained from voting while the remaining four board members rejected the motion.
Since the motion was rejected, according to board rules, the item could not be returned for a second vote for six months.
McKenna and Schmerelson are the only current board members to have served as school principals, and they have been on the losing end of most board votes related to either cutting the district’s school police department or removing them from campus assignments – such actions. Which was inspired by the demands of Black Lives Matter advocates.
Meanwhile, the LAUSD union representing school administrators has backed allowing school sites to decide whether they want an official on campus.
The officers’ union chief of the Los Angeles School Police Department is also calling for officers to be put back on campuses and to restore funding to their department. They say that since the school year began a month ago, there have been an increasing number of incidents of campus violence or people carrying weapons entering the school grounds.
Recently a student was shot dead outside Santi Education Complex. The authorities had arrested two high school students in that case on Tuesday.