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04/12/2021 | Organizing for Education Justice

Arrested Learning: A survey of youth experiences of police and security at school

The school-to-prison-and-deportation pipeline refers to the policies and practices that punish, isolate, marginalize, and deny access to supportive learning environments for Black, Brown, Latinx, Indigenous, immigrant, and LGBTQIA+ youth, as well as young people with disabilities, instead funneling them into the criminal legal system.

    For years, Black and Brown youth, parents, educators, and communities have organized to dismantle this system, and to remove police and security from their schools.

    To uncover critical information about students’ experiences, interactions, and feelings about police and security at school, four community-based organizations across the country fielded in-depth surveys of their youth membership: Latinos Unidos Siempre (LUS), Make the Road Nevada (MRNV), Make the Road New Jersey (MRNJ), and the Urban Youth Collaborative (UYC). The results of this national survey, which reached 630 young people in Nevada, New Jersey, New York, and Oregon, clearly reinforce what young people have already made known: police and security at school do not make them safe. The survey also explored young people’s vision for supportive and well-resourced schools. Download the report the learn more.