Spokane Public Schools has reduced the number of student arrests by 85 percent, with 99 students arrested in the 2016-17 school year compared to 806 students the year before, according to district data.
But one thing hasn’t changed: students of color are more likely to be arrested than white students.
Of the 99 students arrested this past school year, just under half, 47, were students of color. Yet in Spokane Public Schools, those students make up only 32 percent of the population.
“The arrests are not representative of Spokane Public Schools at all,” says Nikki Lockwood of the Every Student Counts Alliance, a student advocacy group comprised of several organizations.
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