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Coalition Urges National Action to Protect K12 Students from Technology-Enabled Surveillance: Six Recommendations to Reverse the School-to-Prison Pipeline

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 27, 2024
Is it justifiable for schools to receive funding for surveillance technology?

The use of surveillance technologies in K12 schools has been a hotly debated topic for years, with a coalition of more than 40 civil rights organizations warning the U.S. Department of Education about its negative impact on marginalized youth, especially Black, Brown, and Indigenous students. In a letter penned by the coalition, they argue that increased surveillance could lead to an escalation in the school-to-prison pipeline and the criminalization of young people who are already at risk.

The letter also provides six recommendations to protect marginalized communities from technology-enabled rights abuses. These recommendations include divesting discretionary agency funding from police surveillance hardware, conducting algorithmic impact audits to ensure legal compliance of AI and big data technologies, studying the risks associated with surveillance tools in public schools, and involving youth and young adults in AI data privacy governance.

The coalition emphasizes the need for immediate action at a national level to prevent the transformation of America’s public schools into spaces of increased surveillance and potential harm to students. While some states have taken steps to address the issue of surveillance technology misuse in schools, there is still work to be done at a national level to ensure that all students have access to safe learning environments free from discrimination and violence.

By Samantha Nguyen

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