The absence of African American male superintendents in white suburban school districts
This research examines the reasons why so few African American males are hired as superintendents in suburban white districts on Long Island, New York. The literature review summarizes the paucity of evidence available on African American males in the superintendency. The study combines qualitative and quantitative research methods. The research is based on critical race theory (CRT). The 3-phase study surveys those who recruit and hire superintendents, gathers data on the kinds of districts to which African American males are applying to; and records the search stories of African American males seeking superintendencies. The evidence indicates that African American males are underrepresented in the superintendent search process. CRT provides a theoretical framework establishing racism as a major hurdle preventing African American males from obtaining superintendencies in white districts. It is possible that the lack of opportunities may lead to an exodus of valuable human talent.
Minority & ethnic groups;
0325: African Americans
0631: Minority & ethnic groups