Judith Browne Dianis Champions Student Safety with Police-Free Schools

Judith Browne Dianis (’92), Executive Director of Advancement Project, contributed an opinion to Education Week discussing her work in the decades-long fight for police-free schools and defining necessary steps in the ongoing movement: dismantling school policing infrastructure, ending school militarization, and building a new liberatory education system (“The Police-Free Schools Movement Made Headway. Has It Lost Momentum?” June 21). “There is no evidence that school police officers make students safer; in fact, there is only evidence they make students and schools less safe. Every dollar spent on police, metal detectors, and surveillance cameras is a dollar that would be better invested in trained professionals that support, not criminalize children. Children deserve spaces where they can learn, thrive, and feel safe to just be. Until then, the fight continues.”