A troubling in-depth report on Kern County, CA tracks the disproportionately high student expulsion rate among black & Latino schoolkids: “According to raw numbers supplied by the Kern High School District, students identified as Latino, who are today 55 percent of district enrollment, were roughly 60 percent of those expelled over a five-year period; whites were 32 percent of enrollment and 22 percent of the expelled; blacks were less than 8 percent of enrollment but about 15 percent of expelled pupils.” Overly harsh disciplinary measures in areas where wide discretion is exercised by school administrators appears to be one reason why. Read the full report.
An epidemic of expulsions
As he waited for his first disciplinary appeal hearing to begin this fall, the sixth-grade student began sobbing. He was barely 11 years old. …Despite its sprawling geography, Kern County was home to only 173,365 students, or fewer than 3 percent of all of California’s students last year. But it w…