Suspension Reports

The purpose of releasing this data is to improve the life chances of Black boys and girls in Sacramento City Unified School District. As such, we will engage in ongoing analyses and reporting of these data over time to highlight schools that are able to reduce their suspension rates.


Executive Summary

This report is a publication of the Black Minds Project (an initiative of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL) at San Diego State University (SDSU). In this report, we present analyses of publicly available statewide data on the suspension of Black students in Sacramento City Unified School District.

Some of the key data points featured in this brief include:

Overall Findings

• Black males are 5 times more likely to be suspended in SCUSD than the statewide average.
• Black males in early childhood are 10.4 times more likely to be suspended than the statewide average for their same-grade peers.
• Over one third of all Black male foster youth were suspended in SCUSD in 2018-2019.
• Cesar Chavez Intermediate has the highest suspension rate for Black males at 45.8%. John D. Sloat Elementary has the highest suspension rate for Black females at 26.8%.
• The highest suspension rates are in traditional public schools; however, disproportionate suspension rates in charter schools remain high.

Six Recommendations for Parents of Black Children

• Never leave your child in an unhealthy environment, even for the sake of a “good” school. – Andre Branch
• Never assume your child deserves the suspension, especially in early childhood education.
• Never assume your school is aware of their success data with Black children – show them*.
• Never allow a teacher or principal to refer to your child as a “problem” or “bad”.
• Never allow the school to reprimand your child without questioning what occurred and whether there were other children who did the same thing.
• Never assume the challenges your child faces are isolated – most likely, other parents of Black children are experiencing the same thing.-


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San Diego County Office of Education Conference

When They Teach Us: The Education of Black Children in San Diego (November 4, 2019)

Black Minds Project

Welcome to the Black Minds Project, our Center's initiative to raise the national consciousness about issues facing Black boys and men in education. Below are some of our efforts to improve the educational outcomes for this population.


Get Out! Black Male Suspensions in California Public Schools (February 20, 2018)

Outside Looking In: Suspension as a Form of Exclusion in San Diego County (February 27, 2018)

The Capitol of Suspensions
Examining the Racial Exclusion of Black Males in Sacramento County
(June 12, 2018)

Public Course

Black Minds Matter: A Focus on Black Boys and Men in Education


Supporting Men of Color in the Community College - Wood & Harris III (2017)

Teaching Boys and Young Men of Color (K-12) - Wood & Harris III (2016)

Advancing Black male Student Success from Preschool through PhD - Harper & Wood (2016)

Teaching Men of Color in the Community College - Wood, Harris III & White (2015)

Black Men in Higher Education: A Guide to Ensuring Success - Wood & Palmer (2015)


CCEAL's Black Minds Project reports are sponsored by the San Diego State University College of Education Dean's Distinguished Professorship Fund and by RISE for Boys and Men of Color. RISE is a field advancement effort funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation, and members of the Executives’ Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color.