The racial disparity associated with suspensions nationally, in Maryland and in Baltimore County is stark. In 2008, years before Maryland’s state school board issued new policy guidance steering districts away from the use of suspensions, black students were about twice as likely as whites to receive out of school suspensions. By the time the new policy guidelines went into place, the overall suspension rate in the state had declined, but the disparity actually got worse; black students were three times more likely to be suspended than whites in the 2013-2014 school year. In Baltimore County, even though the total suspension rate has been cut by more than half since the early 2000s, the racial disparity still persists. The system is about 39 percent African-American, but black students account for two-thirds of those given out of school suspensions or expulsions.