- Lodi Unified School District’s expulsion rate by the numbers
160 of the district’s 28,960 students were expelled in 2009.
Of those, 34 percent were Hispanic; 39 percent of the district’s students were Hispanic that year.
25 percent of the expelled students were black, compared to 9 percent of the student population.
22 percent were white; 29 percent of the district’s students were white.
19 percent were Asian; 17 percent of the student population were Asian.
— Source: United State Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights
- California Education Code dictates the expulsion process
Under state law, a principal or superintendent can recommend the expulsion of a pupil for any of the following acts committed at school or at a school activity off school grounds:
Causing serious physical injury to another person, except in self-defense.
Possession of any knife or other dangerous object of no reasonable use to the pupil.
Unlawful possession of any controlled substance.
Robbery or extortion.
Assault or battery upon any school employee.
Committing or attempting to commit a sexual assault.
Possession of an explosive.
After a closed-door hearing is held within 30 school days, the school board makes the final determination whether to expel the student and what type of program to enroll them in.
An appeal can be filed with the county office of education and heard by its board members. Any decision that board makes supersedes a local school district board of trustees’ decision.
Readmission to a mainstream school is typically permissible after a year, although a governing board may set an earlier date.
— Source: California Department of Education
Posted: Friday, April 27, 2012 12:00 am
In Lodi Unified School District, black students are being expelled at a higher rate than non-black students.
Although black students made up only 9 percent of the district’s population, they accounted for 25 percent of the expulsions in 2009-10, and 32 percent last school year, according to the United States Department of Education.
Friday, April 27, 2012 12:00 am.