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Atlanta Public Schools is moving ahead with the plan despite warnings from Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed that the move could have "catastrophic consequences" for children.
The school system's decision to end its contract with the city police department was "beyond" him, Reed said recently. "Everyone knows APS is independent. They're expressing their independence. But I think they're going to make the children of the Atlanta school system far less safe," Reed said.
As for the cost for a school police force, Atlanta Public Schools just got a $7.5 million grant from the National Justice Initiative, some of which will be put towards starting the force. Because of this, and the fact that salaries for the school officers would come from the money previously going to Atlanta Police officers and the city, Jernigan said the plan overall would be cost-neutral
Detroit Public Schools Police Department (DPSPD)
The Detroit Public Schools Police Department is the state’s only full-service school district police agency and includes 78 police officers patrolling schools 24-7.
originally posted by: AugustusMasonicus
a reply to: Boscowashisnamo
The school district is composed of the local citizenry, if they self-determined that this was the best course of action why do other districts want to dictate to them what they should be doing? There is enough totalitarian rhetoric coming from both parties, let the local government decide what is best for them.
And Detroit schools are simply a model of fiscal responsibility and success ... weren't their teachers raising a fuss about the crappy working conditions and crumbling schools, so I would say that something there is NOT working correctly.