Study of Fairfax County schools finds discrimination against black teacher applicants

From The Washington Post

By T. Rees Shapiro and Moriah Balingit

Black applicants for Fairfax County teaching positions in a recent school year were far less likely than white candidates to get job offers even though they had on average more advanced degrees and classroom experience, according to a new study that is drawing intense scrutiny within the school system.

George Mason University researchers, who conducted the study published in the spring issue of Harvard Educational Review, did not identify the school system they were writing about. But current and former officials in Fairfax County Public Schools confirmed that the subject of the study is the 188,000-student district, largest in the Washington region and known nationally as an academic powerhouse. Fairfax was identified after the article was published and the findings triggered concern about the system’s hiring practices.

Jennifer Krout