The George Floyd Resolution

Approval by the Board of Education of Resolution No. 1920-0260 –
George Floyd Resolution to Eliminate the Oakland School Police Department

Developed from BOP’s Peoples Plan for Police Free Schools (2019) and an accumulation of a 9- year organizing campaign launched in 2011— the George Floyd Resolution (GFR) was passed June 24th , 2020 making Oakland Unified School District the first district in the country to eliminate an entire school police department.  In addition to eliminating Oakland Unified Districts internal. police department that was built in the late 50s— The GFR directed the Superintendent to reallocate funds previously used for sworn police officers toward student supports and resources, such as school-based social workers, psychologists, restorative justice practitioners, or other mental or behavioral health professionals.  What also is groundbreaking about the resolution is the co-convening power that was won.  Through the implementation of the GFR community stakeholders and real community members will be brought in to build out and work alongside the district to craft alternatives for police and punitive discipline practices.

The Oakland Unified School District employees its own police force. The Oakland Schools Police Department includes both sworn officers and non-sworn employees such as school safety officers. Discussion The proposed resolution would eliminate the Department and the sworn officers. It would direct the Superintendent to reallocate funds previously used for sworn police officers toward student support positions such as school-based social workers, psychologists, restorative justice practitioners, or other mental or behavioral health professionals, as the budget supports, to meet the needs of students.  It would also direct the Superintendent to launch, by no later than July 17, 2020, an inclusive, community-driven process – involving parents,
students, teachers, school administrators, student support staff, the Black Organizing Project, and other community partners – for completing a revised District safety plan with strategies for enhancing student learning, safety, and well-being within the District. Click the link above to learn more.

Developed from BOP’s Peoples Plan for Police Free Schools (2019) and an accumulation of a 9- year organizing campaign launched in 2011— the George Floyd Resolution (GFR) was passed June 24th , 2020 making Oakland Unified School District the first district in the country to eliminate an entire school police department.  In addition to eliminating Oakland Unified Districts internal. police department that was built in the late 50s— The GFR directed the Superintendent to reallocate funds previously used for sworn police officers toward student supports and resources, such as school-based social workers, psychologists, restorative justice practitioners, or other mental or behavioral health professionals.  What also is groundbreaking about the resolution is the co-convening power that was won.  Through the implementation of the GFR community stakeholders and real community members will be brought in to build out and work alongside the district to craft alternatives for police and punitive discipline practices.