Cincinnati Public Schools and Police

The ACLU of Ohio has been working with the Young Activist Coalition in Cincinnati to examine the outsized role of the Cincinnati Police Department (CPD) in Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS), especially when it comes to administering school discipline, often which disproportionately impacts Black and Brown students. Our research unveils that school police administer racially disparate discipline, perpetuating harm and reinforcing the school-to-prison pipeline. We found that the contract between the police and the district grants CPD unilateral power over school policing, while CPS remains in the dark. The vast majority of school incidents can and should be handled by teachers, mental health counselors, or social workers and should not merit police intervention. Polling conducted in 2022 reveals that parents of CPS students as well as recent graduates want to prioritize social-emotional learning and support students by investing in experts trained to support students’ mental health.


The ACLU of Ohio calls on Cincinnati Public Schools to:
1. Address the root issues of inequity in school discipline;
2. Dissolve the contract with the Cincinnati Police Department; and
3. Prioritize student mental health in the FY23 Budget.

Blogs

Learn more about specific issues facing students in CPS.

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  • Young Activists Coalition (3/22/22) more
  • Restorative Justice Explained (2/10/222) more
  • New Data Shows Over-Policing and Lack of Accountability in CPS (4/2/21) more
  • SROS and Cincinnati Public Schools: My Story of Harm Left Untreated (4/14/21) more

Press Releases

Catch up on ACLU of Ohio news.

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  • New Data Shows Over-Policing, Racial Disparities, Lack of Accountability in CPS (7/13/22) more
  • Alarming New Data Shows Over-Policing, Racial Disparities, And Lack of Accountability in Cincinnati Public Schools more

Publications

Documents detailing CPD's role in CPS.

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  • Policing in Cincinnati Public Schools: Community Survey Results (more)
  • Disparate Racial Discipline in Cincinnati Public Schools (more)
  • Ending the School-To-Prison Pipeline: A Case Study of Cincinnati Public Schools (more)

Publication .pdfs also linked at the bottom of the page.