A coalition of more than 40 civil rights organizations has written a letter to the US Department of Education, warning against the negative impact of increased surveillance technology in K12 schools. The coalition argues that such actions could lead to a dangerous escalation in the school-to-prison process and the criminalization of marginalized youth, particularly Black, Brown and Indigenous students.

According to the letter, the use of surveillance technologies in schools can result in a greater police presence, increased police contact with students, exclusive discipline and school crowding. The coalition is calling on the Department of Education to ban the use of federal funds to purchase surveillance equipment, including that which uses artificial intelligence.

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

The coalition emphasizes that while some states have taken steps to address the misuse of surveillance technology in schools, more needs to be done at the national level. They urge urgent action to prevent the transformation of America’s public schools into spaces of increased surveillance and potential harm to students.

By Samantha Johnson

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