- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - The Alexandria City Public Schools in northern Virginia is overhauling its contract with police in an effort to bring more accountability and equity to the district.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that the changes are being made amid a national debate over racism in American policing.

The new contract was approved Thursday by the school board. Alexandria serves roughly 16,000 students.

The contract will require the gathering of disciplinary and policing data. For instance, the information will be broken down by factors that include race and disability. And the analysis will be made public.

The contract also clarifies student rights. It declares that children cannot be questioned by school-assigned police until and unless their parent or guardian has been informed.



The contract also includes a new “Fair Treatment” statement.

“Any action taken in response to disciplinary misconduct and/or criminal offense will be administered fairly and without regard to race, national origin, disability, religion, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation or marital or parental status,” the contract reads.

The revisions follow the massive summer demonstrations against police brutality and racism after George Floyd, a Black man, was killed in police custody in Minneapolis.

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