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Broward Co Collaborative Agreement on School Discipline - MOU

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 crabb    479

I had forgot to post this back when I found it so am posting now. I would have posted the entire document but it is 15 pages long and has draft stamped on it but the original source clams it was active at the time of the shooting, original story link and snip is first, followed by court document link and snip.



The Broward County School Board and District Superintendent entered into a political agreement with Broward County Law enforcement officials to stop arresting students for crimes.

The motive was simple. The school system administrators wanted to “improve their statistics” and gain state and federal grant money for improvements therein.

It’s important to remember that this was not an arbitrary change; this was a well-planned fundamental shift in the entire dynamic of how teenagers would be treated when they engaged in criminal conduct.








the parties acknowledge that law enforcement plays an essential role in maintaining safety in thecommunity. However, the use of arrests and referrals to the criminal justice system may decrease

a student’s chance

of graduation, entering higher education, joining the military, and getting a job.



, in the 2011-2012 school year, the Department of Juvenile Justice reported 1,062 school-related arrestsin Broward County, the highest number in the state.


 71% of these arrests were for misdemeanor offenses. Over halfof those students had never been referred to the Juvenile Justice System before.


, across the country, students of color, students with disabilities and LGBTQ students aredisproportionately impacted by school-based arrests for the same behavior as their peers.





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