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LAUSD Votes Against Defunding School Police By 90%

NBC Los Angeles-

Despite vocal public calls for defunding, the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education Tuesday night rejected a proposal that would have slashed 90% of the School Police Department’s budget by 2024.

The proposal by board member Monica Garcia called for the School Police budget to be reduced by 50% in the 2021-22 fiscal year, then 75% the next year and 90% the following year, with funds redirected to the “highest need schools in support of African-American students.”

Some board members, however, said they were reluctant to take such a drastic action without an alternative plan in place to guarantee the safety of students in the nation’s second-largest school district.

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