Police within the Los Angeles Unified School District have been issuing about 10,000 court citations a year to students -- a move that some say criminalizes youth of color. Court appearances for truancy and other minor offenses disrupt a child’s education and pose a financial burden on working parents. As a result of this investigation, the U.S. Department of Education’s civil rights division began monitoring the district’s practices. The L.A. School board passed a “School Climate Bill of Rights” that limits school police involvement in matters of discipline; a similar bill is before the California legislature. Read the series:
"Los Angeles Moves Haltingly Toward Ending Fines for Truancy"
"School Discipline Debate Reignited by New Los Angeles Data"
"Los Angeles School Police Citations Draw Federal Scrutiny"
"Los Angeles School Police Chief Rethinking Discipline Policy"
"Los Angeles School Police Still Ticketing Thousands of Young Students"