Rolling back truancy tickets, school policing--Community Rights Campaign vs. LAMC 45.04





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Published on Apr 23, 2012

This is the UPDATED version--with a new ending that shows what happened when we marched to City Hall for the final vote to change the law and stop police from giving students tickets for being late or missing school! (Hint: It got reported in NPR's Morning Edition, LA Times, Washington Post.)

This is the story of our Community Rights Campaign to end truancy and tardy ticketing and to roll back school policing and the criminalization of entire Black and Latino communities: "Hey LAUSD! I'm pre-med, pre-job, NOT pre-prison!"

We organized students in LA high schools and built a 5-year campaign to end the #1 generator of school tickets in LAUSD: truancy and tardy citations under LAMC 45.04 Daytime Curfew.

Right now, we're fighting to implement the changes we won and to stop other forms of school policing and ticketing, too. It didn't end with truancy and tardy tickets. Police are still interrupting classrooms or lunch to conduct searches and issue tickets for possession of markers ("intent to vandalize") or cigarettes. When students get into a fight, instead of getting help to really resolve the a conflict and find a better way, administrators are calling in police who use force, mace and tickets, often targeting bystanders. We want support, not suppression! Counselors, not cops! Teachers, not tickets!

Our vision is a grassroots movement that gets police, tickets and courts out of our schools and transforms school culture by ending all pre-prison conditions and zero tolerance policies and by building positive learning environments with community- and school-based interventions and supports.

Get in touch with us at


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