It seems very undemocratic to me that our elected Madison School Board is unable to control the stationing of police officers in our public schools.
What is the justification for a “contract” that must be negotiated between the elected School Board and the Madison Police Department? What must be negotiated? Why doesn’t the School Board have the authority to assign or remove police officers from the schools, as it determines to be appropriate?
(I decline to use the deceitful and craven term "school resource officer" for the police. It's a perversion of language that I suspect fools nobody, least of all the students.)
Stephen S. Gosch, Madison