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Some Bakersfield Residents Are Calling On Kern High School District Board To Defund Its Police

A s residents call for cities to defund police departments, some parents and students want the same in their school districts. The Kern High School District board is voting on its annual budget Monday and ahead of that meeting, community organizers have been circulating a petition to defund the district’s police department. Kern High School District has its own police department. Only two percent of districts in the state operate one; most contract with a local city. This month the Oakland Unified School District board voted to abolish its police department . Community activist Ucedrah Osby said the petition from the Kern Education Justice Collaborative is asking for that to happen in Bakersfield too. “There’s no restorative justice that can take place, when you have schools that are filled with cops,” said Osby. “Our kids are not thriving, and every dollar they’re spending on the police is taken away from the support networks of school counselors, psychologists, clinicians, nurses.”

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