We have a very troubling problem in America! The number of black teachers has declined in some of the largest black school districts in our nation. And as Richard Williams, aka Prince Ea points out, as he sues the school system, we have a modern school system that has not changed in over 150 years.
Overall, 26,000 African American teachers have disappeared from the nation’s public schools—even as the overall teaching workforce has increased by 134,000.
Since 2002, a policy backed with federal and state dollars to close schools with low test scores resulted in massive teacher layoffs and school closings that caused a departure of black teachers in cities across the nation.
Mother Jones unveiled a shocking statistic: “According to the Albert Shanker Institute, which is funded in part by the American Federation of Teachers, the number of black educators has declined sharply in some of the largest urban school districts in the nation. In Philadelphia, the number of black teachers declined by 18.5 percent between 2001 and 2012. In Chicago, the black teacher population dropped by nearly 40 percent. And in New Orleans, there was a 62 percent drop in the number of black teachers.”
In 2013, Chicago closed 49 schools and in Washington, DC, 38 schools were closed. New York has watched 140 of its schools shut down and in each of these cities, a high percentage of laid off teachers happened to be black.
This nation has been making a mess of public education and it is about time someone pulled back the covers and took the dirty sheets off the bed. Darlene Lomax and her former Philadelphia teaching appointment at Germantown High School are spotlighted in an article that focuses on the damage the loss of black teachers and educators inflicts on black communities.
Watch a short video about the piece below and read more about the decline of black teachers here.:
Richard Williams, aka Prince Ea, reminds us that we can make a difference. In a video titled “I Just Sued the School System,” he shows that the school curriculum may not be as perfect as we thought.
Source: Mother Jones