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Black Teacher Applicants Face Discrimination in a Wealthy School District, Study Finds

Black applicants for Fairfax County teaching positions in a recent school year were far less likely than white candidates to get job offers even though they had on average more advanced degrees and classroom experience, according to a new study that school officials say explores the district’s hiring record.

George Mason University researchers did not identify the school system in their article in the spring issue of Harvard Educational Review. But current and former officials in Fairfax County Public Schools confirmed that the subject of the study is the 188,000-student district, largest in the Washington region and known nationally as an academic powerhouse. The connection came to public light after the article was published and some in Fairfax who were aware of it grew concerned about the findings.