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Racial, ethnic, gender bias occurs in pathway from teacher to principal

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


A new study by a UTA researcher shows that race and sex still matter when public school teachers seek to become principals. Bradley Davis, a UTA assistant professor of educational leadership and policy studies in the College of Education, published Pathways to the Principalship: An Event History Analysis of the Careers of Teachers With Principal Certification in the American Educational Research Journal. In the study, he and co-authors Mark Gooden from UT Austin and Columbia University’s Alex Bowers, found that white men are made principals quicker than women and minorities.

“We found that five to seven years after certification is when teachers are most likely to become principals,” Davis said. “We found that for white men, that move happens sooner and is more likely than for women or men of a different race or ethnicity. We view this as evidence of systemic bias in principal selection.”

(Read the full UTA News Center article.)

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