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This bill prohibits district school boards from authorizing or approving contract that provides for members of law enforcement agency to be assigned to schools of school district. Modifies definition of alternative education program, contracting requirements, legal requirements, and placement requirements.
Personal Choice and Responsibility
School safety officers patrol a school’s perimeter and surrounding neighborhood to keep our students safe. They provide back-up support to teachers and counselors when warranted by student behavior, protecting students from being victimized and reducing calls to local law enforcement. And according to a report released by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2020, school safety officers are a key factor in preventing school shootings. And they want to eliminate a program that is actually keeping our kids safe.
Currently, the statutes governing alternative education programs specify a payment calculation that is lower than the rates that apply to charter high schools in the state. Additionally, school district superintendents can unilaterally enter into contracts with law enforcement agencies to assign officers to schools. SB 225A modifies requirements for alternative education programs, including applicable laws, funding provisions, notice requirements, reporting requirements, oversight requirements and requirements related to special education and 504 Plans. Requires alternative education programs to ensure that at least 50 percent of teachers and administrators are licensed and to have criminal records check of all nonlicensed employees who have direct, unsupervised contact with school children. Requires that school boards consider any contract between a law enforcement agency and the school district, and establishes a minimum distribution for education service districts receiving funds from the Statewide Education Initiatives Account.
Limits local control, taking decision-making authority away from families, educators, and school districts. SB 225A would add 11 pages to the Oregon Revised Statutes mandating every aspect of how districts run their alternative schools, special education programs, and 504 plans.