More black students were suspended last school year in Sacramento County than any other ethnic group, even though there are more local white, Asian and Hispanic students in local schools, according to new state data.
Roughly 19 percent of the county's black students were suspended last year, higher than the statewide rate of 15 percent. By comparison, 9 percent of the county's Hispanics, 7 percent of whites and 4 percent of Asians were suspended.
The figures represent a continuation of a long-term disparity. Several education researchers recently expressed dismay over the trend, noting that suspended students often fall behind in their education.
Folsom-Cordova Unified and Elk Grove Unified suspended black students at roughly four times the rate of white students. San Juan Unified suspended more than one of every four of its black students.
The number of suspensions in Sacramento County rose about 10 percent from 2011 to 2012. Several districts told The Bee last year that they want to reduce suspensions.
This chart shows the percentage of each of the Sacramento County's largest ethnic groups that were suspended during the 2012 school year.
Source: California Department of Education Updated at 7:30 p.m. on 5/7.