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School board, city council approve educational resource officer contract

MADISON, Wis. - Educational resource officers will be staying in Madison's four high schools for at least two more years under a new contract approved Tuesday night.

Madison's City Council and the Madison Metropolitan School Board approved the contract at separate meetings Tuesday.

The three-year contract will run between September 2016 and June 2019, officials said. The contract allows either the school district or the city to cancel the deal on Aug. 25, 2018.

"Both the city and school district value our partnership around safe and thriving school environments, and we are pleased that both approved a contract for Educational Resource Officers tonight," officials said in a joint statement issued by the school board and the city council.

"We agree that EROs need to align with the work of schools to teach positive behaviors, make use of restorative practices and disrupt the disparities that exist. While we have made strides aligning our practices to restorative practices in recent years and the number of arrests and citations have come down, disparities remain and more work must be done," the statement said.

Officials said in addition to the new contract, they will be collaborating to strengthen the way EROs work in schools.
"We are all committed to working through that process to make positive changes to our partnership and to implement them throughout the life of the contract," the statement said.

This is the same deal the school board rejected 4-3 last week, but board members who were previously opposed to the deal changed their vote and it passed 7-0.

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