Led by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, this letter urges members of Congress to co-sponsor the Counseling Not Criminalization in Schools Act. Given existing evidence that school-based law enforcement does not improve school safety and has negative impacts on student outcomes—including by promoting the school-to-prison pipeline—this legislation would prohibit the use of federal funds to support school-based police and would set aside funding for evidence-based and trauma-informed services instead.
Read the full letter here.
Status of legislation: The Senate version of the bill was introduced on July 29, 2020, by Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT). It was read twice and referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. The House version of the bill was introduced on July 29, 2020, by Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA). It was read twice and referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor and the House Committee on the Judiciary.