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Countywide Racial inequities for Youth

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At the County level, students of color are more likely to be suspended and chronically absent than white students.

Rates for San Mateo County Schools during the 2016-2017 School Year by Student Race/Ethnicity


Youth of color are also overrepresented in San Mateo County’s juvenile justice system. Although the number of juvenile cases resulting in detention has decreased somewhat, racial disproportionalities among the youth who are detained have remained fairly consistent (and some have even increased).

Although the number of juvenile cases resulting in detention has decreased somewhat, racial disproportionalities among the youth who are detained have remained fairly consistent (and some have even increased).

And youth of color are overrepresented in the foster system.

As of 2017:

  • Latinx children/youth in San Mateo County are 3 times as likely to be in foster care compared to white children/youth.
  • Black children/youth in San Mateo County are 20 times as likely to be in foster care compared to white children/youth.

Source: California Child Welfare Indicators Project, University of California at Berkeley, 2018.

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