Washington, DC – Setting a precedent for schools around the country, the Minneapolis Public School Board Tuesday night, voted to end its contract with the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD).
Advancement Project National Office and Alliance for Educational Justice (AEJ) applaud the school board’s decision to ensure that students attending Minneapolis Public Schools are safe from the threat of police violence.
Youth organizations across the country such as Philadelphia Student Union, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council of Chicago, IL, Freedom Inc., in Madison, WI, and many others, understand how crucial it is to abolish police presence in schools, and have been urging this kind of radical movement across school boards for years.
“The same police that killed George Floyd, and the same police that tear gas peaceful protesters demanding justice for his murder, are the same police brutalizing students in schools,” said Jonathan Stith, National Director of the Alliance for Educational Justice.
Advancement Project National Office has been working on education justice and school safety for young people of color for more than ten years.