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Early Education Teachers Face Racial Job Discrimination

"Racial and Ethnic Discrimination in the Labor Market for Child Care Teachers"

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Early-childhood educators who are black or Hispanic are less likely to get interviewed for jobs, finds a study in the journal Educational Researcher.

Researchers from Kent State (Ohio) and Arizona State universities randomly assigned names that sounded black, Hispanic, or white to nearly 11,000 identical model resumes. The researchers submitted resumes with different names to nearly 2,800 early-childhood educator jobs in 14 large cities. They found 27 percent of applicants with white-sounding names were invited for an interview, versus 20.1 percent for black names and 23.8 percent for Hispanic names.

Vol. 39, Issue 06, Page 6

Published in Print: September 25, 2019, as Early Education Teachers Face Racial Job Discrimination
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