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OPINION: Black principals play a key role in transforming education. We need more of them

The Hechinger Report

Black principals’ recruitment crucial for Black teachers’ development, yet often overlooked in state plans. Historic 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision led to dismissal of Black teachers, principals despite integration mandate. Black principals like Horace Tate historically ensured Black students had Black teachers, critical for community upliftment. Post-Brown, Black principals lost jobs, with no redress. Current policy must acknowledge, address this systematic dismissal. States must rebuild Black teacher pipeline, recognize Black principals’ role in developing Black teachers. State education leaders must engage with Black principals, understand their importance. State policymakers should invest in HBCUs, reform loan forgiveness programs for better teacher recruitment. Increasing Black principals’ share can improve Black teacher recruitment, retention.

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