said Neva Walker, executive director of Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth, a nonprofit that advocates for equitable public schools.

The suspension rate of black students in the San Francisco Unified School District increased last year during the fall semester for the first time since the district began a restorative practices program and adopted a policy to curb school suspensions.

Black students constituted only 7 percent of the student population last year, yet they accounted for nearly 44 percent of all suspensions in the fall semester, according to data from SFUSD’s intervention tracking system.

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