Sacramento USD Board President Jessie Ryan responds to news of SCUSD's high suspension rates for African American children


Jessie Ryan, President of the Sacramento City Unified School District School Board, drew on a personal story about her own child to express her dismay at a new report that SCUSD has one of the highest rates in the nation of racially discriminatory school discipline practices. She includes trauma informed schooling as a practice that schools need to adopt in order to combat this crisis, and writes on her Facebook page that the Governor has contacted her in response to this article, offering resources. 

"The board and district leadership must recommit to supporting the excellence of black youth from preschool through college completion.

This begins with launching an African American Achievement Initiative dedicated to the following:

  • Reforming and strengthening school discipline policies including enacting an immediate ban on willful defiance suspensions.
  • Developing a culturally competent, equity-based Student Bill of Rights, crafted with input from Sacramento area youth.
  • Scaling restorative practices and positive behavior interventions districtwide.
  • Offering training and support in culturally responsive teaching and trauma-informed practices."

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