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73 Students Expelled from Carlsbad Schools in 2011-12, State Reveals

Department of Education unveils improved database that also shows suspensions, truancy rates.

Seventy-three students were expelled from the Carlsbad Unified School District 25 in 2011-2012, including four for weapons possession, say state figures released last week.

Some 10 students were expelled for violent incidents—a third them leading to physical injury, according to the state Department of Education.  

But far more students were suspended.

The state says 827 Carlsbad students were suspended in the 2011-2012 school year.

The vast majority expulsions and suspensions involved “disruption or defiance” incidents—488, data show. Other factors included physical threats, drugs, harassment and “obscene acts, vulgarity, profanity.”

In San Diego County—with 592 expulsions—the largest number was in San Diego Unified, with 202, followed by Escondido Union High (93), Vista Unified (68), Oceanside Unified (55), Carlsbad Unified (36), San Marcos Unified (35) and Poway Unified (31).

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced the data release April 19.

The data show a total of 366,629 students suspended and 9,553 students expelled among the more than 6 million public school students in California, a suspension rate of 5.7 percent, and an expulsion rate of 0.1 percent.

“Common sense tells us that we cannot teach students who are not in school,” Torlakson said. “I hope that parents, teachers, administrators, and students see this information as the starting point for discussions about how to find alternatives to suspension that sustain healthy learning environments while keeping as many students as possible in class.”

A review of the data indicates there are some differences in the rates at which some student groups are suspended, the state said.

For example, the data show 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 Department of Education says it is working on several initiatives to address 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,” said a news release.

The 2011-12 suspension and expulsion, as well as truancy reports, are available on the Department of Education’s DataQuest site.

The reports may be viewed by the state, county, district, and school level. Reports on the most serious federal offense are available as part of the persistently dangerous school reporting requirement under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

barbara segal April 29, 2013 at 01:46 AM
this is disturbing
BlueAngel2 April 29, 2013 at 06:23 AM
Discipline, good manners, how to treat others, respect and a host of other items should be taught at home so these kids know how to act out there in the world.
gdogncbd2 May 04, 2013 at 10:21 PM
this just shows the lack of discipline that parents exercise at home to enforce some good values in students. schools nowdays are so much out of the loop as far as education being the major goal. you have school police on campus and lockers taken out, it seems that some schools are just a place to hang out during the day and not be at home.

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