Addressing the over-reliance on police in public schools is crucial to dismantling the systemic racism that deprives Black and Brown youth of the opportunity to succeed at the very first stages of their lives.  It is the single greatest step we can take to end the school-to-prison pipeline, through which Black and Brown students are pushed out of our public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. By rebalancing and redirecting resources to school counselors, restorative justice programs and other proven methods to address student health and wellbeing, we can ensure our students have opportunities to learn and thrive.