Opening Paragraph: Dear Governor Abbott, Tragedies like the shooting at Santa Fe High School are traumatic and terrifying for the students, educators, and families who are directly impacted by the violence, and for the many people who care about young people. We, like you, are concerned with the safety and wellbeing of Texas students. Also like you, we want to make sure that all children in Texas schools receive an excellent education, are guided and supported by adults who care about them, and feel safe and secure when they enter the school building. Because we share these common and important goals, we write with concerns related to some of the proposals in your School and Firearm Safety Action Plan, and hope that you will reconsider some of the priorities you have identified for immediate funding. Signed by: Texas Appleseed, Children’s Defense Fund—Texas, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., and MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund)
Senate Education Committee. Written Testimony of Morgan Craven, Texas Appleseed. OPENING EXCERPT: A major concern that many students, parents, educators, researchers, and advocates have with Chapter 37 of the Education Code, which covers “Discipline, Law and Order” in schools, is that it is heavily focused on exclusionary and criminal responses to misbehaviors in schools, including in-school suspensions, out-of-school suspensions, alternative school placements, expulsions, corporal punishment, restraints, complaints, arrests, and court referrals.


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Immigrant Children & Families
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