Police-free school advocates push for funding for students wellness programs at Fresno Unified

Advocates of police-free schools shared research on the impact officers have on minority students in Fresno Unified and offered ideas on bridging the divide.

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- Education watch advocates of police-free schools are sharing research on the impact officers have on minority students in Fresno Unified and offered ideas on how to bridge the divide. Fresno Barrios Unidos and Human Impact Partners hosted a community webinar yesterday breaking down the data for the district. They claim having officers on campus disproportionately targets children of color and can oftentimes leave them with a criminal record before getting a diploma, and said they are pushing for more funding to be spent on student wellness, including restorative justice programs and more psychologists on campus.

The Fresno Police Officers Association has said in the past removing school resource officers from campus is not only a safety issue, but it can also have a negative impact on a student's well-being. Just last September, Fresno unified voted to keep offices and deputies on campuses. Superintendent Bob Nelson said that he would continue to support having resource officers on campus.