Cops vs. Counselors

The Influence posted an article on June 7th entitled “1.6 million students go to schools that employ cops but no counselors.” While I do not always work with K-12 education policy individuals, you can begin to see how the world is stacked against so many students.

This data comes from the US Department of Education’s Civil Rights Data Collection and while it definitely breaks down by race, it does not connect the number of counselors or lack thereof with racial breakdown of the school. I am going to guess that those schools in low-income areas or those with large percentages of minority students (and those in both categories, which is often shared) often find themselves without guidance or college counselors. The data does state that among high schools in with more than 75 percent of students were black or Latino, more than half had an officer patrolling campus.

As I mentioned before, I am not an expert on K-12 correctional/educational issues, but without the proper and equal resources in both a mental health and college guidance capacity, these students might never make it to a higher education environment. With the prevalence of law enforcement officers in high schools, these students seem much more likely to end up in prison than in college, which is why talking about these opportunities and opening up the possibilities for these underserved populations is so important.

As an aside, the title of “school resource officer” seems highly misleading. What resources are these individuals providing?

Link to the full article at The Influence


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