Maryland minorities behind in school jobs

May 15, 2006 at 2:21 PM
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ANNAPOLIS, Md., May 15 (UPI) -- Maryland civil rights leaders say blacks hold disproportionately fewer high-level school jobs than the percentage of black student enrollment in the state.

Data from the Maryland State Department of Education shows African-Americans account for 38 percent of students statewide but that blacks hold only 22 percent of the staff positions in state school systems, The Washington Post said.

In the state capital of Annapolis, civil rights leaders have been told that more blacks work as custodians than teachers.

"It's a clarion call for action," said Carl O. Snowden, a longtime civil rights leader in Anne Arundel County, where blacks make up nearly 23 percent of the student body but comprise only 8 percent of the teaching staff, says the report.

Similarly, Hispanics account for 5 percent of students in Anne Arundel County but are just 1 percent of employees. School authorities say the system works hard to recruit minority educators and administrators but is hobbled by a comparatively low pay scale, newspaper reported.

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