Racial and ethnic diversity is lacking in the leadership ranks of K-12 public education groups, even as the student population becomes increasingly diverse, a new report says.
Leaders from 44 nonprofit education organizations took part in the survey that informed the report by Koya Leadership Partners, an executive-search firm, and Education Pioneers, which recruits leaders for education organizations. Findings show that while 98 percent of the groups support such diversity, only 33 percent describe it as a core value, and even fewer have a clear definition of what it means.
On average, blacks represent 12 percent of the groups’ board members. Asians total 6 percent, Latinos 4 percent, and multiracial members 2 percent.
A version of this article appeared in the January 07, 2015 edition of Education Week as Public Ed. Groups Found To Lack Diversity at Top