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Black Teachers Are Quitting At Depressing Rates In This District

By Victor Trammell and Nomalanga Mhauli-Moses

Photo credits: The Washingtonian

Over the last few years, black and brown teachers have embarked on a mass exit in one of the biggest municipal public school systems in the U.S.

In the nation’s capital of Washington D.C., investigators probing the public school system of the District uncovered a whole host of serious problems in 2017 and 2018.

In one intricate conspiracy at D.C.’s Ballou High School, some teachers revealed to the local WAMU 88.5 radio station that a widespread scandal was going on at their school, which involved graduating students successfully regardless of their abysmal attendance records.

After the WAMU radio report exposed Ballou High’s unscrupulous graduation practices, an independent auditing firm gathered evidence and sifted through it with a fine-toothed comb. Subsequently, the firm did find out that the Ballou High School attendance/graduation scheme had high-level conspirators involved, including senior staff members and school administrators.

Another pile of dung story emerged out of D.C.’s Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

At this school, which badly represents the great black American musician it is named after, a multi-year residency-fraud operation was being orchestrated by Antwan Wilson, the school’s former chancellor. Wilson resigned from his post amid charges that he illegally bypassed the District’s school system lottery process in order to get his daughter into a more elite school right in the middle of the 2017-18 school year.

A young black man named Quay Dorsey is a former teacher at D.C.’s Aiton Elementary School. Dorsey conducted a recent interview with The Washingtonian to declare that he had quit his job as a public school educator. He went on to take a better job at a private school in D.C.’c Navy Yard area. Dorsey grew tired of reaching into his own pocket to make up for his former school’s scarcity of resources.

“It’s hard to think I’m not this super-saver hero. Over time, people who have cared well have moved on, in a community that needs people to stay,” he said.

In a city like Washington D.C. that is currently over 50 percent black, it is sad to see how the effects of gentrification are fragmenting the education system’s teachers along racial lines. Studies have clearly proven that black school children fair better when they have black teachers.

However, in the early 1980s, the District was over 70 percent black. Much like slavery was brought back through the penal system, Jim Crow-style segregation returned by way of gentrification.

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