Padres y Jóvenes Unidos (PJU) youth leaders – supported by two Public Interest Projects collaborative funds, the Just and Fair Schools Fund (JFSF) and Communities for Public Education Reform (CPER) – helped facilitate a historic Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) signed between Denver Public Schools and the Denver Police Department. The IGA outlines concrete steps to limit reliance on school policing and serves as a model for cities around the nation striving to strengthen partnerships between communities, education, and law enforcement.
Reflecting on the IGA, PJU Youth Leader Tori Ortiz said, “I have had friends get suspended and ticketed for minor offenses, and I saw how that affected them as students and took away from their potential. It put them on the wrong track, and I recognized this. And I wanted to find out what I could do to change it. As students, we researched best practices for (these agreements) from around the country and proposed our solutions to Denver Public Schools and Denver Police Department.” Denver Police Department Chief Robert White emphasized, “We have, as the police, no desire to be disciplinarians. That’s not our job. That’s the parents’ job, that’s the schools’ job. Our job is to deal with serious violations of the law….”
Read more about Padres y Jóvenes Unidos and other Just and Fair Schools Fund developments in the latest JFSF newsletter.