It’s not imagined. Officers also won’t be able to wear their uniforms during that time. Tuesday’s vote was met with frustration from Beutner, who said he and his staff would need to come back to the board for clarification as to what the vote means for the task force that he assembled. “If there’s one place police don’t belong, it’s in our schools! The reduction to the department’s funds will mean a loss of roughly 65 officers and the department’s overtime budget, along with other reduced services, officials said. who said she would support a $25 million reduction. Before joining The Daily Breeze in 2017, David worked as a journalist in Oregon writing about health care, election integrity and the environment. Higher school opening costs and ongoing operations were expected to cost about $225 million. The district’s school board voted 4-3 late Tuesday to make the cuts, which will take effect immediately in L.A. Unified’s 2020-21 budget and result in the layoffs of 65 officers, in addition to eliminating overtime pay and about 40 vacant positions that the department intended to fill. Todd Chamberlain, who was the chief of the school police force until resigning Wednesday, said the cuts approved Tuesday would result in the district getting “bare minimum service.”, “It’s not going to deliver the type of community policing or the type of service that our community deserves,” Chamberlain told the board. showing that Black students in particular are disciplined by school police at higher rates than their peers. result in the layoffs of 65 officers, in addition to eliminating overtime pay and about 40 vacant positions that the department intended to fill. Staff writer Ariella Plachta contributed to this report. Board President Richard Vladovic and members George McKenna and Scott Schmerelson opposed the motion. The children are on a roll! “As a parent of a black son who lives this reality that everyone talks about I’d rather my son deal with school police than any other officers,” Washington said. Los Angeles Unified will cut $25 million from its school police, reducing the department’s budget by more than one-third following several weeks of protests from Black students and activists who have called on the district to reform its police force. We invite you to use our commenting platform to engage in insightful conversations about issues in our community. The discussion Tuesday first centered around an amendment proposed by Board Member Monica Garcia to cut in half the police department’s $70 million budget. Many Black students have said they are uneasy being around police on campuses and that it makes it harder to concentrate on learning. 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In May, the district learned that it would receive $3.5 million less from the federal CARES Act appropriation, meant to address losses related to the coronavirus. Los Angeles Unified will cut $25 million from its school police, reducing the department’s budget by more than one-third following several weeks of protests from Black students and activists who have called on the district to reform its police force. He announced last week that he was forming the task force, which is made up of educators, attorneys and policy experts who were charged with assessing the practices, policies and budget of the school police department. But I do not want outside police forces on our campus.”. The board, which oversees 600,000 students, voted 4-3 on Tuesday night to cut the budget of the Los Angeles Schools Police Department (LASPD) by $25 million, a 35% reduction, and use the money to pay for staff who serve the needs of Black students and a task force to examine school safety. Oakland Unified voted last week to eliminate its school police department, while school boards in San Francisco Unified, Sacramento City Unified and West Contra Costa Unified have voted to terminate contracts, The reduction approved Tuesday in Los Angeles was praised by activist and community groups, including Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles, which initially sought more, If there’s one place police don’t belong, it’s in our schools! “In good conscience, and in fear for safety and well-being of those I serve, I cannot support modifications to my position, the organization and most importantly, the community (students, staff and families) that I believe will be detrimental and potentially life-threatening,” he said in a statement. The move comes a day after the board of the Los Angeles Unified School District voted to immediately cut its school police budget by a third. The roughly $25 million coming out of the Los Angeles School Police Department would go toward supporting African American student achievement, gang-reduction programs and investments in counselors and safety aids. People need to say the truth. This story was updated to include the announcement that the school police chief has resigned. We can meet this demand, with help from readers like you. In the meantime, LASPD will be removed from campus and out of uniform until the board hears from the superintendent’s task force about the best use for school police. “The lies that continue to be told about school officers random searching students are lies meant to pull on the heart strings of the public and designed to create outrage,” Morris said. Those three members said they wanted to wait to decide on any possible cuts until the board receives recommendations from a task force being convened by Superintendent Austin Beutner that will review the school police department. The $25 million that is cut from the department will be reinvested to hire counselors, social workers and other staff that support students, specifically at schools with the most Black students. It also ordered that all of the department’s roughly 460 officers be taken off campus and out of uniform until the district can look closer at the agency as a whole. But you’re willing to leave them unprotected.”. Proponents have cited a University of California, Los Angeles study that showed LASPD police officers disproportionately detain and cite Black students. “I get it. The vote to approve 60-day layoff notices was approved with Schmerelson and McKenna in dissent. In his free time, David loves outdoor sports such as sailing, mountain biking and golfing. Privacy Policy That’s what I’m responding to. They organized multiple protests in downtown Los Angeles, organized social media campaigns and flooded school board meetings with public comment. We welcome your comments. They point to a body of research showing that Black students in particular are disciplined by school police at higher rates than their peers. Make your donation today to DOUBLE your impact. Though $25 million is just a sliver of the district's $8.9 billion operating budget, the cut from the L.A. School Police Department … Los Angeles is a prime example: Mayor Eric Garcetti's 2020-2021 city budget gives police $3.14 billion out of the city's $10.5 billion. If you see comments that you find offensive, please use the “Flag as Inappropriate” feature by hovering over the right side of the post, and pulling down on the arrow that appears. David has a bachelor's degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. Gonez, one of the school board members who voted in favor of Tuesday’s resolution, said during the board meeting that she doesn’t know “how anyone could hear all those hours of testimony speaking to the harm and to the trauma that’s being caused by the policing institution for some of our most vulnerable students and not be moved.”.