In September 2018, the Evansville, Indiana Commission on the Social Status of African American males issued a report regarding racial disproportionality in school suspensions in the Evansville Vandenburgh School Corporation. Tables at pages 9-10 of the report showed that in the 2014-15 school year the suspension rates were 38% for blacks and 9% for whites and in the 2015-19 school years the rates were 33% for blacks and 7% for whites. Thus, there occurred the usual pattern observed when suspensions generally decline. The ratio of the black rate to the white rate increased from 4.22 to 4.71, while the ratio of the white rate of avoiding suspensions to the black rate of avoiding suspension decreased from 1.46 (91%/62%) to 1.38 (93%/67%). The EES (probit d') value (see “Race and Mortality Revisited,” Society (July/Aug. 2014))
remained essentially unchanged (1.0352 in the first year compared with 1.0359 in the second year.
The report also stated (at 3) that while arrests declined, the ratio of the black arrest rate to the rate of other students increased from 4.2 to 6.0. This pattern is also to be expected. But missing data on arrests in the former period in the table on page 8 does not allow a black/white comparison of the type shown above for suspensions.