The Alliance for Boys and Men of Color Bulletin: New Research and Featured Events
UCLA Report Says Out-of-School Suspensions Reveal ‘Hidden Crisis’ in California
Researchers at UCLA released a report showing 400,000 California students were suspended from school in 2009 — enough to fill all the professional baseball and football stadiums in the state.
The new study from the Civil Rights Project at UCLA also found that many California school districts suspend large percentages of students. The first-of-its-kind analysis shows that 10 districts suspended 25 percent of their students in the 2009-2010 school year. The report, Suspended Education in California’s Public Schools, shows large disparities amongst students of color and students with disabilities, but it also finds suspensions are high regardless of a student’s race.
“Most suspensions are for minor or vague infractions, such as disrespect, defiance and dress code violations, and this is clearly an unsound educational policy,” says coauthor Daniel Losen. “The numbers in our report indicate an absolute crisis in many California districts since suspending students out of school – with no guarantee of adult supervision – greatly increases the risk for dropping out and involvement in the juvenile justice system.”
The California Department of Education reported over 750,000 total suspensions for the same year, meaning many students were suspended multiple times.
To read the report, click here.
On Friday April 13, 2012, the Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys of Men Color, held another successful, local hearing in Fresno, California. The Committee, which is chaired by Assembly Member Sandré Swanson, heard the testimony of a diverse cadre of youth, community, and leaders in front of an audience of over 300 people. Planning and outreach for the hearing was led by leaders of a local partnership to improve the health, educational, and economic outcomes among boys and men of color in Fresno and the broader San Joaquin Valley. The partners, who are focusing their attention on the Fresno BHC site and other vulnerable neighborhoods, presented the Committee with data on the status of boys and men of color in their communities and comprehensive recommendations for state action that is needed to strengthen and expand community and system efforts that are in progress in Fresno. For more information on the hearing, see the materials below:
The Boys and Men Of Color Summit: 7 Generations of Health, Healing and Hope
Where: Raymond Great Hall, University of the Pacific 3601 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, California
When: April 20 – 21, 2012
This Summit, hosted by Fathers and Families of the San Joaquin, seeks to build a youth movement in the Central Valley to link marginalized and disenfranchised youth to the political process. The Summit will teach youth how to engage and organize around community issues, promote higher education and career planning, and create a stage for youth to share narratives about community struggles and organizing efforts.
Fighting School Push-Out: School Discipline Policy at the State Level
When: April 18, 2012 from 2 – 3:30PM Pacific
This webinar will focus on how individuals and organizations can learn from and join a growing network that is working to eliminate harmful local discipline practices, and build understanding and capacity for the implementation of better approaches to promoting safe, just, and fair schools across California.
Register for this webinar here