Suspension rate higher for black students in Sacramento County

Published: Wednesday, May. 8, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3B
Last Modified: Wednesday, May. 8, 2013 - 7:52 pm

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 Latino students in local schools, according to new state data.

Nineteen 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 Latinos, 7 percent of whites and 4 percent of Asians were suspended.

The figures represent a continuation of a long-term disparity.

Several education researchers expressed dismay in a Bee story last year that used earlier numbers, noting that suspended students often fall behind in their education.

"There are better alternatives to out-of-school suspension," Daniel Losen, director of the Center for Civil Rights Remedies, a research group based at UCLA that focuses on increasing educational opportunities for minority students, said last year. "It hurts people of color most of all."

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 in 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.

Call The Bee's Phillip Reese, (916) 321-1137.

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