In the 2009-10 year alone, 7 percent of California’s public school kids were sent home from school, at least once, on an out-of-school suspension, according to a new report by the Civil Rights Project at UCLA.
In Oakland Unified, 11 percent of all students (k-12) got one that year — and 20 percent of students with disabilities and 21 percent of its African American students, according to the report. (The rate for black boys was 26 percent and for black girls it was 15 percent.)
Three percent of white and Asian students and 8 percent of Latino students were suspended in 2009-10.
The reasons for the suspensions weren’t available (districts aren’t required to report this info to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, where the data for this analysis came from), and we don’t have school-level data.
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