Contra Costa and Bakersfield Students Expelled and Suspended Less

Suspension and expulsion rates have dropped in Kern County at a rate of 42 percnt and 62 percent, respectively, according to a new study.

The study conducted by the UCLA Center for Civil Rights Remedies shows that the county had a 42 percent decline in suspension rates and 62 percent decline for expulsions. During the 2012-13 school year 16,127 student were suspended. But for the 2013-14 school year, 9,248 students were suspended—a drastic decrease.

Across the state students were expelled and suspended 20 percent and 15.2 percent less, respectively, during the 2013-14 school year than the 2012-13 school year. Rates have been falling consistently for the past three years, according to the study.

The big winner is West Contra Costa Unified School District, which has the largest reduction in student suspensions of any district statewide. Bakersfield City School District and Vallejo City Unified School District came in second and third.

At the bottom is Mojave Unified School District with a suspension rate that is nearly six times more than the statewide average.

Read more at The Bakersfield Californian