Arrests at Chicago Public Schools are at an all-time low, new district-wide data shows. But there’s deep racial inequity, with the vast majority of students arrested being Black.
The data shows nearly three out of every four students and young people arrested on Chicago Public School grounds during the 2019-2020 academic year were Black. But enrollment data show Black students make up only 36 percent of district students.
District records show 408 active students were arrested on school grounds during the 2019-2020 academic year. That’s a drop from the previous school year when 651 students were arrested.
Of the students and young people arrested during the 2019-2020 school year, 73.4 percent of those people were Black.