by Dr. Terry Stoops
Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
A new Heritage Foundation report by Jay Greene and James Paul examines the number of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) directors/superintendents among the nation’s largest K-12 school districts. According to Greene and Paul,
An analysis of student test-score data shows that employing a chief diversity officer (CDO) in K–12 school districts does not contribute to closing achievement gaps and is even likely to exacerbate those gaps. If CDOs are not accomplishing their stated goals, what is accomplished by creating these positions? CDOs may be best understood as political activists who articulate and enforce an ideological orthodoxy within school districts. They help to mobilize and strengthen the political influence of one side. The creation of CDOs tilts the political playing field against parent and teacher efforts to remove the radical ideology of critical race theory and other illiberal ideals from school curricula and practices.
Of the 24 North Carolina districts surveyed, eight have DEI officers.