Rejecting Call to Disband San Antonio ISD Police, Trustees Plan to Examine Discipline Policies

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“Amid the fallout from the death of George Floyd, the San Antonio Independent School District has rejected calls to disband its police department, but some trustees are pushing for a comprehensive review of student discipline and the department’s role in it.

A coalition of nonprofits sent SAISD Superintendent Pedro Martinez a letter two weeks after Floyd’s death urging the district to disband its police department and use the money instead for mental health counselors and social workers.

“ ‘SAISD must take a stand against school policing for the sake of its students,” stated the letter from Disability Rights Texas, Texas Appleseed, the Earl Carl Institute and Children’s Defense Fund Texas. “Schools can, like in the past, make calls to outside police in rare emergencies that necessitate law enforcement involvement. ‘ ”

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