Kicking the Class C Ticket Out of Classrooms
Reps from Texas Appleseed and the ACLU were in Austin yesterday testifying before the Sen. John Carona-chaired Senate Criminal Justice Committee, where senators took up committee chairman John Whitmire's Senate Bill 1116, which seeks to curb the practicing of writing students tickets, especially during class. Said Whitmire, per the Texas Tribune's recap, "I think the presence of law enforcement in our schools has been a deterrent. But I also know in some jurisdictions the writing of class C misdemeanors is being used to generate revenue and justify the size of the police force."
In its 2010-11 budget, Dallas ISD is spending some $18 million on "security & monitoring services." At least one mayoral candidate's on the same page as Whitmire: In his education plan introduced this week, Mike Rawlings actually addresses on-campus policing within the DISD:
Improve communication between DISD and the City. As Mayor I will initiate regular meeting and exchanges -- opportunities to communicate and collaborate. One simple example is the DISD Police: is there a way that we can provide public safety for DISD through the Dallas Police Dept in a more cost efficient manner and free up those DISD funds to go back into our schools? These are the types of issues that we can work through if we are having regular conversations.