Thursday Reading List: Research on Educators of Color and Data on Virtual Schools

Marilyn Rhames is in Education Post with a discussion of the hurdles facing Black teachers in the American education workforce:

According to the [Harvard Educational Review] study, “Black applicants were significantly less likely than their White counterparts to receive a job offer. Further, they find evidence of workforce segregation: when hired, Black teachers were significantly more likely to be placed in schools with large populations of children of color and children in poverty or schools characterized as struggling" ... According to the study, Black teacher candidates in Fairfax County Public Schools were more likely to have advanced degrees, such as a master’s, and almost two more years of school teaching experience than White teacher candidates. Yet, in 2012, Black teachers made up 13 percent of the candidates and got only 6 percent of the jobs, while White candidates accounted for 70 percent of the candidates and got 77 percent of the jobs.

This mismatch manifests in school districts across the country, and the disparity can seem even more acute in schools that serve large numbers of children of color. Rhames shares some anecdotes to animate the data, which will sound familiar to folks who have worked in public schools. 

Margot McMahon