New Data on the Racial Gap in Public School Teachers and Principals

department-of-educationAfrican Americans make up 16 percent of all enrollments in the nation’s public schools. But Blacks are a far lower percentage of the teachers and administrators in our schools.

New data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that African Americans make up 10.1 percent of all teachers in the nation’s K-12 public schools. Blacks are 10.1 percent of the teachers in elementary schools, 11.6 percent of the teachers in middle schools, and 8.8 percent of the faculty at the nation’s high schools. African Americans are 20.8 percent of the teachers in urban public schools but only 4.4 percent of the teachers in rural public schools.

African Americans are 6.8 percent of the principals at the nation’s public schools. Blacks are 7.1 percent of the principals in elementary schools, 7.7 percent of the principals in middle schools, and 5.6 percent of the principals at the nation’s high schools. Blacks make up less than 6 percent of the principals at suburban and rural schools.

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