According to statistics provided by the Oakland school district (and crunched by your devoted education reporter):
TOTAL SUSPENSIONS in 2010-11: 6,137
TOTAL DAYS OF SCHOOL MISSED: 14,533
DEFIANCE (“disruption/defy authority”) was the basis for 43 percent of all suspensions.
BLACK MALES made up less than 20 percent of all students in OUSD, but received about half of the suspensions.
At least two of the schools had more suspensions than students: Barack Obama Academy and Youth Empowerment School. YES (on the King Estates campus) closed in June, and Barack Obama Academy, an alternative middle school that opened on the Toler Heights campus in 2007, is slated to merge with Community Day.
On the other end of the spectrum, 16 schools reported no suspensions at all, or just one. Yes, some are “hills schools,” but others are in high-poverty, high-crime areas. Two are alternative schools. And the student body at Burckhalter, an elementary school in the East Oakland foothills, was was 64 percent African-American last year.
NO SUSPENSIONS: ASCEND, Franklin, Global Family, Montclair, Peralta, Street Academy and Thornhill.
ONE SUSPENSION: Bridges at Melrose, Burckhalter, Crocker Highlands, Greenleaf, Glenview, Kaiser, Fred T. Korematsu, Redwood Heights, Sojourner Truth.
Can anyone offer us insight into these schools and their approaches to discipline and classroom management? Especially at Bridges, Burckhalter, Greenleaf, Korematsu, ASCEND, Franklin, Global Family, Street Academy and Sojourner Truth?
NOTE: Some of the figures provided this week by OUSD differ slightly from those posted on the California Department of Education’s website.