In Depth: Schools
By January, Alma will have built two entirely new school buildings, its original Ottiwell campus on Belleville Avenue and a second $24 million Douglass campus on Church Street.
The federal review comes more than a year after community groups urged reforms to the city’s School Resource Officer program, which places armed police officers inside schools.
State and federal education officials require the reporting of this data to monitor potential discrimination against students of color and students with disabilities.
After repeated public information requests, the School Department this week acknowledged that it had recorded 76 arrests of students and parents between 2017 and 2020.
In an email to The New Bedford Light, a spokesman acknowledged the schools have recorded a total of 76 arrests of students and parents between 2017 and 2020.
Amaral, who will not seek a third term, has been on the School Committee since he was little over a year out of UMass Dartmouth, where he was a political science major.
A report commissioned by Superintendent Thomas Anderson recommended substantial reforms to the SRO program, but all that might change is the program’s name.
New Bedford schools will receive upwards of $73 million in one-time federal relief funds aimed at safely reopening schools and addressing the needs of students affected by the pandemic.
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