Get Out: New Study Details High Suspension Rates of Black Males in California Public Schools

UCLA's Black Male Institute and San Diego State researchers identify counties and school districts with high suspension rates and totals.

New analysis by San Diego State and UCLA researchers has identified counties and school districts with high suspension rates and high total suspensions of Black male students.

The suspension rate for black males was 12.8 %, more than three and one-half times greater than for other students in California public schools in 2016-17, according to a new analysis published today by researchers at the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL) at San Diego State and the UCLA Black Male Institute. The highest rate of suspensions by grade level was for black boys in grades K-3 who were 5.6 times more likely to be suspended than other students. More than one –quarter (27.4%) of black male students in foster care were suspended. Forty-one percent of black boys in foster care in 7th and 8th grade were suspended, the highest rates of suspensions for black males.

According to the study, African Americans make up just over five percent of California’s public school enrollment, but account for nearly 18 percent of suspensions, and black boys and young men receive nearly three-quarters (71.3%) of those suspensions.

For the entire report, visit the Sudikoff Institute Public Forum.