Opinion: School Safety

Beware of the school safety movement

As policymakers respond to gun violence and school safety concerns with expanded on-campus policing and zero-tolerance discipline practices, students of color disproportionately suffer the far-reaching negative consequences. ChangeLab Solutions’ Alexis Etow and Cesar De La Vega op-ed sounded the alarm in Education Week on how punitive and exclusionary discipline practices will create civil rights and public health crises for students.

“Rather than continuing to punish our most marginalized students and deepening their health inequities, political attention must turn to ensuring that schools keep our children in the classroom and focus on what is important for students: learning—and the school conditions that support it.”

Read the full op-ed on Education Week’s website.

November 5, 2018

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As a policy analyst at ChangeLab Solutions, Cesar De La Vega's portfolio includes health equity, schools and child health, healthy housing, and creating active, accessible communities for all.

Alexis Etow is senior staff attorney at ChangeLab Solutions, where she leads the organization’s work at the intersection of education and health.