The Lincoln City Council unanimously approved an revised inter-local agreement that would fund school safety objectives at a meeting last night. The agreement would pay for six new resource officers and Lincoln Middle Schools, community learning center after school programs and additional mental health services for LPS students.
Not everyone is pleased with more resource officers in the school system. Executive Director for the ACLU of Nebraska, Danielle Conrad, tells KLIN’s Coby Mach on Drive Time Lincoln the ACLU of Nebraska, the N.A.A.C.P and many community leaders fear the effect disciplinary action by officers will have on students.
” Specifically, our concerns relate to how an S.R.O program fosters and risks an increased presence in the “school-to-prison-pipeline” that has particular disproportionate impact for people of color and people with disabilities.”
To address the issue, Conrad says the A.C.L.U is working with city officials to develop a comprehensive memorandum of understanding; a document that would clearly define the duties of S.R.Os in a school environment and, Conrad hopes, help potent student civil rights. The Lincoln Public Schools Board of Education is set to vote on the agreement Tuesday.