The Counseling Not Criminalization in Schools Act 2023 (H.R. 6202 / S. 3214 )
This bill would prohibit federal funds from being used to hire or maintain police in K-12 schools, diverting that funding toward other uses related to school safety within applicable grant programs. The bill would establish a $5 billion grant program to support the hiring of counselors, social workers, school psychologists, and other personnel. The grant would also support schools in implementing programs to improve school climate and move away from policies that criminalize students and push them out of school. States and school districts will have incentives to end the criminalization of young people, particularly Black and Brown students, Native American and Latino students, immigrant students, students with disabilities, LGBTQ+ students and other marginalized students, and invest in creating safe and nurturing learning environments for all students.