State Releases New Suspension and Expulsion Data for Novato, San Marin High Schools

At Novato High, Hispanic students account for 30 percent of the total student body and nearly 50 percent of the total out-of-school suspensions, according to state figures.

The California Department of Education recently released numbers showing school administrators suspended one out of 20 students and expelled one 1,000 students statewide during the 2011-12 school year.

Statewide data revealed that black students and Hispanic students are more likely to be suspended than white or Asian students. Data for Novato High bore out that trend.

At Novato High, Hispanic students accounted for 30 percent of the total student body in 2011-2012 but nearly 50 percent of the total out-of-school suspensions. African-American students, who accounted for just 57 of the school's 1,368 total students (4 percent) in that year, received 14 percent of the nearly 150 out-of-school suspensions.

At San Marin High, the enrollment-suspension ratios were a bit more on par, with Hispanic students representing nearly 27 percent of the total student body at San Marin and less than 35 percent of the more than 100 suspensions dished out.

The CDE also broke down suspensions and expulsions by offense, with 53 of the 149 (nearly 36 percent) out-of-school suspensions tied to illicit drugs and the bulk of the rest involving a "disruption or defiance"-related incident.

Here’s the CDE on the statewide disparity among ethnicities:

African-American students are 6.5 percent of total enrollment, but make up 19 percent of suspensions. White students are 26 percent of total enrollment, but represent 20 percent of suspensions. Hispanic students are 52 percent of total enrollment, and 54 percent of suspensions.

The California Department of Education is working on several initiatives to address these differences in rates by identifying positive alternatives to suspension and expulsion, as well as developing effective strategies to improve attendance as part of an overarching initiative to keep students in school. The Department has partnered with several organizations to work on these initiatives, including The California Endowment, the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Children in Foster Care, the Region IX Equity Assistance Center at WestEd, and Attendance Works.

You can find a brief explanation of the methodology behind the state's suspension and expulsion data here. In the graphic above, note that the number of offenses is larger than the number of suspensions and expulsions, as several students were suspended multiple times.

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Bubbasixpack May 03, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Affordable housing at it's best, when you recruit from Richmond to fill up the vacant affordable housing that was overbuilt. This is just another cost of AH that the developers don't have to pay.
rex allen May 03, 2013 at 06:31 PM
As expected - minority kids behaving stupidly - and who gets blamed? Whites will be accused of "racism" when they call them on that behavoir. We're all getting really sick of this NONSENSE, folks. Wake up. Message to minority kids and their parents: FIX IT NOW. Enough excuses.
Carol May 03, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Bring on the AFFORDABLE HOUSING and Amnesty/Immigration Reform!!! Doesn't it makes our community so much nicer? I just LOVE the "diversity"! (sarcasm)
rex allen May 03, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Yup - nothing like DIVERSITY - where negative behavoir by minorities far out of proportion to their representation in the whole population - makes for such interesting, ENRICHING experiences....Just like on the outside. Look at the jails. "But wait! Blacks and Latinos are sentenced way more than whites to prison for crimes committed!" ...Yeah...and....they COMMIT by far more crimes per capita than whites do...Duh....Just look at the Justice Dept. Uniform Crime Stats released every year in October.
rex allen May 03, 2013 at 10:51 PM
Kimberly, The FACTS speak for themselves re: these behaviors. When you have FACTS - you can't have "Racism." When the studies say what they say about behaviors among minority students - get your head out of the sand - and face those FACTS. And stop calling people who object to negative behaviors -- as "racist." That's beyond absurd.
caresformarin May 03, 2013 at 11:24 PM
Black,White,Latino whats it matter, the situation is crappy and its not a county or housing thing, its a human problem. These kids been hearing they lesser due to they color they whole life, but crime says why learn from white teachers wat u can learn in the streets. Since they dont feel accepted anywhere but the streets they act on it. Now we get angry kids who hate they self and anyone telling them the streets are bad, in they eyes the streets the only place they DO recieve love. Love is missing and been replaced with numbers, statistics and low expectations dont get mad cuz they livin up to the standards YOU set for them. Rischmond,oakland even Rosa are like lil iraq's they probly seen or been in shootouts, stabbings and gang fights. You cant change that fact, its they reality. U change just one, and bet others will follow. They need modivation. They not thinking rational, its in they subconcious now, they habit and natural reflex. But thru repetition and persistance they can be groomed for success and those old negative thought patterns and habits can be replaced with new ones. so know you know what demographic needs attention, knowdledge is not power, action is. Its what you do thats power. You can change the life of these kids and in turn this city! What you gonna do? Man up and get new programs and youthcenters here or stay on the net crying. These kids gonna be men soon, older criminals mean more serious crime. Think its bad now, give it 5 yrs.
caresformarin May 03, 2013 at 11:33 PM
I wish I could be a mentor to just one kid, the baddest one...i'll have his ass at attention real quik. Not cuz he scared but cuz im a tell him the truth, life is about choices and those choices have repercussions or blessings. They not they mom, or the dad, they not the person they hate so buy them droppin out, doin crime or goin to jail aint hurtin them ppl its hurt theyself. They the onse who suffer for lousy choice making. They just gotta be reminded they either gonna be blessed or destroyd by the choices they make. Forget doin it for anyone else, they need to step up and raise they standards for themself!
rex allen May 04, 2013 at 12:17 AM
Standards I set for them? It's standards our WHOLE SOCIETY sets for EVERYONE. And what do these poor unloved "victims" do when they get a nice Novato education and acceptance? They go out and behave the way the studies prove they do. Why?? Because they can GET AWAY WITH IT. - And they can have poor sucker Patch writers here feel sorry for them - and can blame whites for their own behavior. Well, we're sick of it.
rex allen May 04, 2013 at 12:23 AM
50 years of "programs" have done NOTHING -- only made things worse. The Irish, Italians, Poles , etc. didn't need programs to integrate into society as law-abiding INDIVIDUALS. Stop excusing their behavoirs as your or MY fault - it's the fault of those INDIVIDUALS
Bubbasixpack May 04, 2013 at 06:01 AM
Hey- Caresformarin- I wrote better than you when I was in third grade. It's obvious that you quit third grade or were suspended. You are the reason your kids fail. Don't blame others for your failure. Vietnamese float over here on rafts and graduate magna cum laude, while you sniff glue with your kids. Go back to Richmond, where failure is expected.
Roger May 04, 2013 at 02:12 PM
San Marin is just starting the STEM program for future engineers and technical professionals. They got many more applicants than open slots in the 60-student program. As that program grows, San Marin's demographic mix may become even more Asian and white compared to NHS. Is that legal? The SMHS may be soon missing out on the social enrichment that comes from diversity. I was in Ross Common the other day and saw the school day end with all the white kids rushing out. I felt sorry for them for missing all the social enrichment that can come from diversity in the classroom.
caresformarin May 04, 2013 at 02:54 PM
Regardless how I write the spirit of the msg remains the same, truth dont change. These kids need to gain some goal setting skills and raise their own personal standards. Its no ones failt but their own how the end up whether its in prison or a CEO. The choice is theirs, they thinking they have know choice is what im sayin.They just need to be shown this fact! We not talkin 50yrs of programs, this is a new day. Of coarse the things kids go thru is probly the same as kids back in the day, but this is on a whole new level. I personaly have mentord kids who were in gangs who now are contractors earning 38 an hr and homeowners with no criminal record nor back slide in over 10yrs. Another I mentored away from drugs and alcohol is now a sonoma county hwy patrol, owns a house in napa and opend his own boxing gym out there geard towards helping kids. Just 2 of the many iv helpd. Had nothin to do with how I write, had evrtything to do with me diggin in they ass with truth. I aint got time to baby sit or hold hands. We grown men, is my sloagan, my real slogan is ADVANCEMENT DEMANDS CHANGE! I aint trippin on wht,black,asia, latino ect..if a kid wanna chop game and get some of this game, I got them. Love wins evrty single time...Yes, im a Christian very involved in youth ministry and out reach. God IS love, God is wats missin in these kids life! Eph:6
rex allen May 04, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Would someone pls. explain what "enrichment" diversity is supposed to offer white students sitting next to black or brown students - and vice-versa? Or tall people next t short people? Thin people next to fat people?
David Randolph May 04, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Diversity: This aggressive ideology has damaged American institutions and poisoned public discourse with "identity politics." It's nothing more than the undermining of democracy. It is profoundly anti-individualist and at odds with America's older ideals of liberty and equality.
Roger May 04, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Rex, I am not sure what the real definition of enrichment from diversity means, but I know many parents dislike the idea of a new charter school in Novato because it may not get enough Hispanic applicants to match the average district 30% Hispanic distribution now.
LP May 04, 2013 at 05:47 PM
I understand what you are saying. I work with kids and have been called "racist" by 10 year olds because I don't put up with their crap. I expect a level of respect and behavior no matter the race. I consider the kids I work with like my own, I protect them, encourage them, and don't let them walk all over me. What made me know I'm in the right career was the day I bumped into one of these kids, and he said he was sorry for the way he talked to me and realized I was just trying to keep him on a better path. He ended up at a school with a lot of structure that helped him realize his behavior towards others was not ok. Now, if the schools would adhere to stricter standards and not have to coddle kids because of fears of lawsuits by parents, maybe these results would be different.
Renee May 05, 2013 at 04:53 AM
WOW! Scary people on this commentary! Now I understand why Novato is viewed as the Redneck city of Marin County.
Bubbasixpack May 05, 2013 at 05:10 AM
I love it when some trophy wife sticks her head outside the bubble and see's the real world as it is. Scary-aint it Renee?
Just Curious May 05, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Renee who says any of these people are from or represent Novato. Wake up the more inflamatory the comments the more suckers assume they are representative. The key to this article is just the opposite. 30% & 27% of student body is Hispanic. Seems like Novato unlike most other cities in Marin is more accepting of a diverse citenzenry then our more toney neighbors in the Central and Southern parts of our county. I guess there is affordable housing and opportunities for all as opposed to the calls of racism & nimbyism from those same white bread only places.
Bubbasixpack May 05, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Novato has the most affordable housing, the most warehousing, and the county dump. We are as totally diverse as any dump. We take it all. Some of us are getting tired of paying for it all, however, and we'd like a little help from the rest of Marin. When they start importing Richmond section 8 holders into Ross, I'll know that the crocodle tears of the caring liberals are real.
rex allen May 05, 2013 at 06:04 PM
Renee - the only thing "scary" here is people who ignore the FACTUAL RESULTS of the studies released above: That MINORITY students - just like their counterparts in larger society - keep behaving badly way out of proportion to their numbers- do you understand what that means? That means after 50 years of failed programs, school busing, forced integration into previously white schools - nothing has changed. In fact, it 's worse. But it's intellectaully lazy people like you who refuse to face these FACTS - and instead retreat into the emotional comfort zone of white guilt and "caring" - that prevents you from having to face tough TRUTHS. You can then accuse people like me and others here of "racism" when there's clearly no racism. If we were "racist" we'd be criticizing Asians - who've joined the law-abiding majority, who study hard, and behave themselves as individuals. But we don't - so we're not racists - get it? When your car gets tagged with graffiti, and your friends assaulted or threatened by these punks from Richmond or anywhere else - your head in the sand "progressive" beliefs will vanish - and you'll wake up - too late. Try waking up NOW....
caresformarin May 06, 2013 at 12:57 AM
Who cares about diversity and its not all sec 8 kids. They may be minorities but it doesnt mean they come from broken homes, sec8 or another county. Whether they are or not, who cares! These guys are going to be adults and goin to prison. Once they get out they'll be gang affiliated, REAL gang affiliated with connections to pelican bay, understand me. Thats when the recruiting and ORGANIZED crime begins. its already begining to happen. Theres young adults getting out after 4 yrs in prison and organizing these kids already. I know this personaly. Attack the issue or its goin to get wild. This is nothing to what we'll see in 5 yrs if we dont send ppl who look like them, talk like them and know what they goin through. I been there. 13yrs in prison, validated prison gang member with 5 yrs in pelican bay. By the Grace of God I woke up and Changed my life and managed to help afew others along the way. Not all kids got my mentality. They need to here testimony from some one they respect and they know has been there. Then they need to here how to go from negative to positive! The county has already reached out to me about a new position but to no avail. Its goin to take more than just me but all this infightin and name calling aint goin to cut it. Knowledge is NOT power, its what you do with it that is! What you goin to do!
rex allen May 06, 2013 at 01:06 AM
Cares, You're right that something needs to be done about it. But blaming whites as "racists" for condemning this behavior is pointless. The ONLY solution has to come from withing the minority communities themselves. Nothing else works, other than mentoring as you suggest - or jail.
caresformarin May 06, 2013 at 01:34 AM
I never blamed whites, I blame the kids themsleves. They are the ones making the choice to be hard asses and they gonna be the ones to suffer for their own lousey descision making. My thing is mentoring where the veil can be lifted from these kids eyes and they can see they do have the power of CHOICE. Then show them stayin outta trouble IS cool and throw in some goal setting, this thing can get turned around. But no Whites are not the problem, poor choices made by these kids are the blame. all ppl like me can do is plant a seed and hope it grows. Not all kids will get the big picture, but a few will and those few will bring afew of their own on so forth.
rex allen May 06, 2013 at 04:18 AM
FYI - catch 60 Minutes tonight re: an anti-gang neighborhood-by-neighborhood approach in Springfield IL based on a personal 1 to 1 approach... Rex
JAN May 06, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Color of skin often indicates limited available money. Minorities have an edge on school problems along with not having enough money to eat or live well. Nothing new here. The family on the margins probably has a history of limited education to match their limited resources. Marcus Aurelius said it best "poverty is the mother of crime." (Marcus passed away March 17, 180 AD). Flogging minorities is an easy job and color of skin doesn't always call the tune. My ancestors were from Ireland and nothing came easy after fleeing the potato famine. Once in the "new world" of eastern America they were even less welcome than our current minority de jure. Finding employment was so tough that the Irish took jobs few wanted, police and fire. Imagine being a Jew? They were so reviled they got stuck with the jewelry and the finance worlds. So, pick your race or color and if you look around when you start at the bottom there's nowhere to go but up. Brown and blacks will eventually make it, get ulcers, get nannies, buy a SUV and we can search for a new group to abuse.
rex allen May 06, 2013 at 11:00 PM
The most abused and hated group in all America?? WHITE RICH MALES....How about a defense fund and movement for THEM????
JAN May 07, 2013 at 02:32 AM
Hey Rex, Good call. White Rich Males now inhabit the halls of Congress and you are on the mark. They are about as popular as crabs. Not the kind you cook either. However most White Rich Males have the money, resources and sophistication to buy their way clear of the poor and not so well off. Hence, we have gated communities and exclusive enclaves where they can play and hang out. When you have money, you have choices. When your poor and broke, not so much. Thanks for your comment, well done.
rex allen May 07, 2013 at 03:15 AM
Thank you, and Thank God for Rich White Males...
MakaylaP May 08, 2013 at 12:38 AM
I agree with you on that Jan.


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