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Early Education Teachers Face Racial Job Discrimination

By Sarah D. Sparks — September 24, 2019 1 min read

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.

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A version of this article appeared in the September 25, 2019 edition of Education Week as Early Education Teachers Face Racial Job Discrimination

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