In partnership with the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, the Women’s Power Gap Initiative of the Eos Foundation reveals never-before-seen data on racial and gender inequities in Massachusetts education leadership. The report, The Power Gap in Massachusetts K-12 Education, reviews 180 Massachusetts school districts with more than 1,500 students, showcasing a multitude of barriers that keep women and people of color from the superintendency.
It begins with a statewide scan of gender data within leadership, discussing the barriers that women face in obtaining the superintendent role. Research reveals a glass ceiling for women in K-12 education, where women are highly represented as educators but not at the highest level of leadership. Racial gaps exist within every position in K-12 education, with a significant power gap between white people and people of color in the superintendency.