Why Black Teachers Quit

Maryland is a diverse state, but Black teachers are leaving the profession at a higher rate than teachers of other races. Journalist Kristen Griffith explains why and shares why she’d like to see more education stories about certification and licensing (EWA Radio 341).

Photo credit: Kirk McKoy (Danielle Ferrentino, a former English teacher at KIPP Baltimore)

In Baltimore and many other school systems in Maryland, Black teachers are leaving at a higher rate than their colleagues of any other racial group. That tracks with national trends, and leaves too many schools with educator workforces that are significantly less diverse than the student populations they teach. 

Kristen Griffith of The Baltimore Banner shares insights from her in-depth reporting on this issue. What’s driving the exodus in Maryland, and what interventions might help keep more Black teachers on the job? 

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