4. Schools question the role of police on campus

Suspension rates among public school students
Data: U.S. Department of Education; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

Some school districts are weighing removing police from their hallways and offering more mental health services to students as a way to address behavioral issues that too frequently escalate into disciplinary matters, especially among Black youth.

Why it matters: Advocates of these initiatives point to a lack of evidence that increased police presence in schools actually improves safety and instead could "significantly disrupt learning environments."

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