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Alexandria City Public Schools Approves Revisions to Contract With Police

The Alexandria City Public Schools board voted Thursday to approve significant revisions to the school system’s contract with police — changes meant to boost accountability and equity amid a national debate over racism in American policing.

The new contract, which went through at least 10 draft versions, vows that the school system will regularly gather disciplinary and policing data, break it down by age, race, sex and disability, then make its analysis public. The contract also clarifies student rights, declaring that children cannot be questioned by school-assigned police — known as school resource officers, or SROs — until and unless their parent or guardian has been informed.

Officials in Alexandria, which serves roughly 16,000 students in Northern Virginia, furthermore inserted a new “Fair Treatment” statement into the 18-page document.

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