Suspensions of Black Students on the Increase in San Francisco

The suspension rate of black students in the San Francisco Unified School District increased last year during the fall semester for the first time since the district began a restorative practices program and adopted a policy to curb school suspensions.

Black students constituted only 7 percent of the student population last year, yet they accounted for nearly 44 percent of all suspensions in the fall semester, according to data from SFUSD’s intervention tracking system.

SFUSD adopted the Safe and Supportive Schools Policy three years ago to put an emphasis on less punitive and more restorative disciplinary practices that provide encouragement for positive behavior. It was slated to be fully implemented by this school year, but SFUSD did not meet this goal.

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