School board group says keep cops in schools — with lotsa conditions

Did we win?

The school board committee on Cops in Schools is punting. After meeting for 18 months, the ad hoc committee on Educational Resource Officers (EROs) “does not recommend the immediate termination of the ERO program.”

Given the shooting on a city bus taking kids home from the La Follette H.S. / Sennett middle school complex Wednesday (09-19-18), wounding two other teenagers, how could it do otherwise?

Even so, how this 12-member group almost gags on the words. They can’t straight-out say, “Keep the EROs.”

No Cops in Schools

Um, make that “More cops in school”

The committee is scheduled to finalize its recommendation at a meeting beginning 5 p.m. Wednesday, September 26 at MMSD headquarters 545 W. Dayton St.

Freedom Inc. and the Socialists will be on DefCon 1 Alert!

The ad hoc committee “believes that the immediate termination of the ERO contract will not achieve [the goals of keeping everyone safe without feeling]“unreasonably criminalized or disproportionately targeted.” The committee recognized that ending the contract with Madison Police “will erode MMSD’s oversight over the role MPD plays in our school sites.”


And boy, does the committee load on the oversight! It recommends to the full Board of Education:

• that the mandate for EROs to be replaced every 3 to 5 years be eliminated. 

• Each school have designated contacts at the administrator level to hold down police officers who respond from “escalat[ing] a potentially volatile situation.” 

• Create a school-specific complaint procedure independent from the official MPD grievance procedure.

• Give the school district powert to veto police assigned as EROs and to remove an ERO for cause.

• EROs be required to train in de-escalation; trauma-informed interventions, adolescent brain development; trauma response, discipline, security measures, the school district’s lengthy Behavior Education Plan and its classroom Code of Conduct.

• Make Restorative Justice the first option “for all students.”

• In instances other than emergencies, every level of behavioral response be exhausted prior to calling an ERO into a classroom, and that in instances where ERO intervention is necessary, those instances be documented and made available to the MMSD Board of Education. That protocol should prohibit staff from threatening students with the use of an ERO. 

• Students be trained in their criminal rights when interacting with law enforcement. 

Here is the full recommendation package.


The committee says: 

We learned that there are many students in our schools whose needs are not being met by the current educational environment. We learned of the myriad ways in which school staff and leadership recognize EROs as an essential support for students and school safety. We also learned that the presence of EROs can needlessly contribute to the criminalization of student behavior and negatively affect students’ sense of safety and belonging.

We recognize the impacts of police officers in our school sites as part of larger system and society-wide disparities, moderated largely by race, economic and ability statuses. In making these recommendations we are attempting to balance the needs and safety of all students and staff without prioritizing one groups’ safety and well being over another.

Blaska’s Bottom Line: This being Madison, the issue is far from over. The conditions seem awfully high-handed, even deal-breaking. Stay tuned.

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14 Responses to School board group says keep cops in schools — with lotsa conditions

  1. Scott F says:

    If I were a cop, forced to work under those conditions, I’d refuse the assignment.

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  2. This is what the Madison Police Department should “say” to their conditions…

    Nuff said.

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  3. Dave asked, “Did we win?”

    The answer is no. This is an attempted setup.

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  4. Sprocket says:

    Did we win? I think not. It’s clear that public education in Madison is in the hands of people who believe the school district’s priority should be catering to the stupid, lazy and violent. Though this seems insane and at odds with providing a safe environment for successful education, when viewed through the leftist lens it makes a perverse sort of sense. The logic being that if you are successful within the oppressive, racist, patriarchal structure you are supporting that structure. You will note the efforts the educational establishment is making to punish high achieving minority groups. The goal is not to educate children the goal is to create tools to dismantle society.

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  5. Bill Everley says:

    Fer chrissakes, it’s an advisory committee. Nuthin’ they suggest need be adopted by anybody. The real tussle comes when the school board discusses their options.

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    • David Blaska says:

      Except that the school board appointed this bunch and two of its seven members serve on the committee.

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      • Bill Everley says:

        If you knew anything about how the Madison School Board works, you’d know I am 100% correct. Almost every policy-oriented Task Force they appoint is the same deal: satisfy some loud community members by talking about the subject at hand for 18 months, then do whatever they (the entire board and admin) choose.

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        • Bill Everley wrote, “If you knew anything about how the Madison School Board works, you’d know I am 100% correct. Almost every policy-oriented Task Force they appoint is the same deal: satisfy some loud community members by talking about the subject at hand for 18 months, then do whatever they (the entire board and admin) choose.”

          Forgive my saying so Bill but you literally contradicted yourself.

          First you say you are 100% correct when you wrote, <i"Fer chrissakes, it’s an advisory committee. Nuthin’ they suggest need be adopted by anybody. The real tussle comes when the school board discusses their options." then you wrote that “Almost every policy-oriented Task Force they appoint is the same deal… “ etc, etc..

          I think I know what you’re saying but “One hundred percent” and “almost every” are literally not equivalent. 😉

          Is everything you say absolute fact just because you are the one saying it? (yes I’m joking)

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @Zoltat Speaks!;

          “Forgive my saying so Bill but you literally contradicted yourself.”

          Were you to waste youse time surveying the inimitable contributions of @Bill Everley, you’d discover he is marvelously unburdened by the constraints of consistency and coherence.

          The Gotch

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