Massachusetts Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to Hold Briefing on School Safety and School Discipline

Jun 09, 2014, 06:00 ET from U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

WASHINGTON, June 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --


Armed police officers, known as school resource officers (SROs), are standard in many middle and high schools across the country. The Massachusetts Advisory Committee will be examining whether the presence of officers in the school has resulted in the criminalization of disruptive behaviors in students, and whether this criminalization has had a discriminatory effect on minority students.


Wednesday June 11, 10:00 a.m.


Matt Cregor, ‎Staff Attorney, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of Boston
Diane Curran, Deputy General Counsel, MA Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education
Commissioner Robert C. Haas, Cambridge Police Department
Sgt. David Kane, Springfield Police Department
Phil Kassel, Executive Director of Mental Health, Legal Advisors Committee
Dan Losen, Director, Center for Civil Rights Remedies, UCLA
Chief Paul MacMillan, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Transit Police Department
Thena Robinson-Mock, Project Director, Advancement Project
Jack Ryan, Co-Director, Legal & Liability Risk Mgmt. Inst., Public Agency Training Council
Sgt. Det. Thomas Sexton, Boston School Police
Liz Sullivan-Yuknis, Education Director, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative
Lisa Thurau-Gray, Executive Director, Strategies for Youth
Eric Weston, Chief, Safety Services, Boston Latin Academy


Harvard Law School
Lewis Hall, 214A
1557 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138



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