There are 14 million students in schools with police and no nurses, social workers, or psychologists across our country right now.
As a result, tens of thousands of Black, Indigenous, and Latinx students, students with disabilities, and LGBTQ students are disproportionately over-criminalized, harmed, and funneled into the school-to-prison-and-deportation pipeline every year. And schools that received federal funding to hire more police actually experienced a decrease in graduation rates – while those that employed more mental health providers saw improved attendance and graduation rates.
It's clear: We must divest from school police and invest in proven school-based support and mental health services for our students. The Counseling Not Criminalization in Schools Act will do exactly that, so please tell your member of Congress to co-sponsor the legislation today.
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