LAUSD Issuing Far Fewer Truancy Tickets, Report Says

Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, November 3, 2013

Los Angeles school police have sharply curtailed the number of tickets issued for truancy to L.A. Unified students by 93.7% over the last four years, reflecting a step back from punitive disciplinary practices, according to a new report.

The report, by the Community Rights Campaign—an organizing effort to shift student disciplinary actions from police to schools and communities—also found that tickets for all offenses plunged by 54.8% from 2011-12 to 2012-13.

But African Americans and Latinos still receive a disproportionate number of tickets: Blacks were almost six times and Latinos were twice as likely to be ticketed than whites, according to the report released last week.

The sharp drop in police action against students reflects the growing success of a years-long effort by student and community activists to change practices in L.A. Unified, said the campaign’s Manuel Criollo.

Earlier this year, the Board of Education voted to ban defiance as grounds for suspensions—the first district in California to do so—and restrict the role of police on campus. School board members also directed district officials to launch programs to use positive incentives and conflict mediation rather than punitive measures to help students change their behavior.

Under a groundbreaking partnership launched last year among district, city and school police officials, truant students are no longer ticketed, but instead sent to city youth centers for educational counseling and other services to help address their academic struggles.

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On Wednesday, scores of students, parents, teachers and community members rallied in South Los Angeles to press for even more changes. The campaign is urging the district and school police to end all ticketing and arrests for offenses that pose no immediate and serious threat to others, such as fighting, profanity, petty theft, possession of tobacco and less serious drugs, vandalism and graffiti.

Instead, activists are urging officials to treat student misbehavior with alternatives shown to be more effective—as school districts elsewhere have done. Texas, for instance, completely eliminated in September school police tickets for student misbehavior.

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L.A. Unified Police Chief Steven Zipperman could not be reached for comment, but the district took issue with the report’s focus on continued racial disparities, saying tickets to African Americans dropped by 22% and to Latinos by 44% in 2012.

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  • Puggg

    Seems to me this is a blessing for the teachers in the LAUSD, that they’re not making these blacks and hispanics go to school.

    • Jesse James

      Nope Pugg I imagine what this policy means in practice is that you can kick someone half to death in the morning and be back in class before lunch.

      • Jefferson

        As long as it is Black students beating other Black students half to death, I could care less.

    • ncpride

      Nah, the teachers will be blamed for their absences, just like they are for every dysfunction these thugs display.

      • So CAL Snowman

        Juan and Jamarcus Nile River III are busy beating people up and smoking weed all day long, but it’s the White teacher’s fault that they can’t read or do math as well as the children in Finland and Japan.

  • Jesse James

    Typical black administrative move, make a problem go away by refusing to document it. This is typical of black run police forces and local governments.

    • bigone4u

      Agreed, but the problem doesn’t really go away just because it’s ignored. Groids might learn a little something if strict discipline were enforced, but with no discipline, they’ll learn nothing and end up career welfare beneficiaries and criminals. Guaranteed.

      • Erasmus

        Yup. That’s how progressives deal with a real problem: They pretend it doesn’t exist. It’s just their obverse to imagining problems that aren’t real.

  • dd121

    I’m sure all the little brown skins are behaving now that nobody’s holding them accountable.

  • Jesse James

    An elderly white woman of my acquaintance once told me, “There is no leveling up, only leveling down.”

    How right she was as this news article attests: ” end all ticketing and arrests for offenses that pose no immediate and serious threat to others, such as fighting, profanity, petty theft, possession of tobacco and less serious drugs, vandalism and graffiti.”

    The progressives who run this country are just communist levelers, the only thing that is progressing under their dictatorship is the ruin of our civilization.

    • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

      Zero enforcement means lawlessness, and blacks and browns above the law. This has been going on for much longer than the last four years.

      • Jesse James

        I didn’t say anything about the last four years. Progressives have been dictating the direction of our government and culture for all my life.

        • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

          My reference to four years was in regards to the story above: Los Angeles school police have sharply curtailed the number of tickets issued for truancy to L.A. Unified students by 93.7% over the last four years….

      • Anarchy for them, tyranny for us. What’s new about this?

    • IstvanIN

      Or, in other words, water only runs down hill. Civilization takes effort.

    • Lack of enforcement of rules/law allows reversion to the lowest common denominator.

  • Spartacus

    “But African Americans and Latinos still receive a disproportionate
    number of tickets: Blacks were almost six times and Latinos were twice
    as likely to be ticketed than whites, according to the report released
    last week.”

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  • Greg Thomas

    Are there any White students left in the LAUSD?

    • Brian

      I think they all moved to Elysium.

    • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

      9% of LAUSD students are White.

      • Spartacus

        Poor guys… And especially poor girls !

      • Jefferson

        Most White parents in Los Angeles make enough money to send their White kids to private school.

        You will still find some Whitopias among Los Angeles’s rich private schools.

        • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

          I’m guessing those Whites still in LAUSD are in places like Woodland Hills or Sherman Oaks, or perhaps they are Armenians, who seem more than willing to form gangs for self-protection (and yes, crime). European Whites must either homeschool, break their backs to pay for private schools, remain childless or flee the area altogether.

  • So CAL Snowman

    “On Wednesday, scores of students, parents, teachers and community
    members rallied in South Los Angeles to press for even more changes. The
    campaign is urging the district and school police to end all ticketing
    and arrests for offenses that pose no immediate and serious threat to
    others, such as fighting, profanity, petty theft, possession of tobacco
    and less serious drugs, vandalism and graffiti.”

    I don’t really think any comment is necessary. If they want to live like uncivilized wild animals, let them and wall them off from the rest of society.

  • bigone4u

    Place a video camera in every classroom and stream it on the Internet, so that we can witness the chaos and criminality firsthand. Reality TV at its most real. But will the cops still ticket groids for murder in the classroom?

    • Alexandra1973

      The “students” will likely beat us to it and post it on Facebook or wherever they want to brag about their antics.

  • Brian

    Defining deviancy down.

  • MBlanc46

    I guess that all white parents can do is to get their kids out of the LA schools.

  • Chasmania

    It’s too bad citizenship isn’t tied to graduating.

  • It generally sounds like a case of “Great news! Black and Latino truancy tickets are down…..(because we are no longer giving them out as much as we should)……” Yeah, that should do it! “Way to go!”…… Crime figures in Britain are supposedly down in recent years….(because over a third of them are not even being investigated). Woo-hoo! If only we didn’t investigate and prosecute 75% of crimes, we would be much safer and in a lower crime situation!

  • Where is Bon?

    • JohnEngelman

      I hope a gang of students did not put her in the hospital.

  • zek

    It’s all the fault of that white student union there and all the institutional racism it engenders. The poor, powerless little black darlings are simply lashing out against unfair white privilege the only way they can. Matt Heimbach, you stand accused!

  • JohnEngelman

    What a marvelous way to reduce the crime rate. All we need to do is decriminalize crimes.

    • Don’t laugh yet; some California municipalities have already effectively decriminalized unlicensed, uninsured drunk driving, so long as the perps are illegal greaseritos y greaseritas.

  • JohnEngelman

    Liberals live far away from the harmful results of their racial policies.