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In a letter addressed to the “KIPP Team and Family,”the executive leadership of the powerful charter school network announced the dismissal of one of its co-founders, Mike Feinberg, stemming from a sexual abuse allegation by one of Feinberg’s students from the late 1990s. Feinberg is a powerful figure in education, leading as he does a network of more than 200 charter schools that teach approximately 90,000 students.
His eventual firing was based on “credible evidence” of sexual misconduct drawn from an internal and external investigation.
We should expect an increase in announcements similar to the KIPP letter from the education field, where men are much more likely to occupy leadership positions. Women comprise 76 percent of teachers, 52 percent of principals and less than a quarter of all superintendents, according to a survey conducted this summer by AASA, the School Superintendents Association.
It’s striking that even in a field where women make up three-quarters of the workers, they make up only half of the decision-making leadership in schools, and even less than that at the superintendent level.
Read more about the #MeToo movement in schools by Andre Perry at The Hechinger Report