The Sacramento City Unified School District is required to make changes to ensure all students have access to an education.
The changes include reducing the disproportionate discipline rate of students with disabilities, especially Black children. It’s all part of a settlement in a discrimination lawsuit between the district, students and a Black-led organization.
Three students, along with a community organization named the Black Parallel School Board, filed the lawsuit against the district in Sept. 2019.
They accused the district of segregating students with disabilities — particularly Black students —from their peers without disabilities. They also claimed students with disabilities were placed in separate classrooms or schools, and that those students faced “excessive and exclusionary discipline” for behavior caused by their disabilities.