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Hamilton High School in Los Angeles.
While most LA Unified students have been on summer break, school police chief Steven Zipperman - head of the largest school police force in the country - and a handful of district administrators have been meeting with local civil rights groups that want to overhaul school ticketing policies. Police may ticket students for jaywalking, skipping school, vandalism, or carrying cigarettes - but the most common violation is fighting.
Less than a week from the first day of school, LAUSD announced its new plan:
In our meetings, we have agreed on steps to mitigate the issues and concerns that have been presented. At the meetings, we have discussed and will be instituting in the new school year a progressive new policy that will refer students, who are truants to a non-court, district-sponsored, diversion program. We have also shared with the group that there has been a 54% decrease in truancy citations since last year alone.
The District and the LASPD continue to analyze the most appropriate means to address violations of laws, and will continue to address many issues administratively within the school environment. We have shared this information with all groups involved.