New Study to Detail Unequal Impact of School Suspensions in CA


The Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the Civil Rights Project, Tuesday September 18, will release The Unequal Impact of Suspension on the Opportunity to Learn in California, a new detailed analysis of school suspensions in the state in 2016-17. The research shows that in 2016-17, schoolchildren in California lost more than 700,00 days of instruction time due to suspensions. The greatest loss of instructional time occurs in grades 7 & 8, with black students far more likely to lose instructional time than their white counterparts. The data also details higher rates of lost instructional time Latino and Native American students and those with disabilities.

The research identifies the five school districts with the largest racial gaps in lost instruction. The report also includes data on lost instruction by race and disability status for every district, overall, and for “disruption or defiance” in California for the 2016-17 school year.

The report, The Unequal Impact of Suspension on the Opportunity to Learn in California: What the 2016-17 Rates Tell Us about Progress, by Dan Losen and Kacy Martin, is embargoed for publication and broadcast Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 12:01 am. (stories may be published beginning at 12.01 a.m. Tuesday morning.) An embargoed advance summary of the report is available to interested reporters on Friday, September 14. To receive a copy please contact John McDonald or Dan Losen at