This article by Reagan Reese was published August 22, 2023 on

School districts throughout the country used application and interview questions focused on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) during their hiring process, according to an August report from the National Opportunity Project.

Several school districts are using job descriptions, interview questions and rubrics in their hiring process to determine whether teachers are committed to DEI and anti-racism practices, according to a report by the National Opportunity Project, a nonprofit government watchdog organization. Some of the job descriptions included in the report state that school districts are looking for teachers who are committed to “social justice” and willing to “systematically interrupt institutional bias.” 

“The influence of political and social ideology on teacher hiring in K-12 public district schools is unmistakable,” the report states. “But it also comes as no surprise, given the devotion that districts articulate through various public commitments and policies. Whether branded as an Equity Statement, Commitment to Educational Equity, Anti-Bias/Anti-Racism Presuppositions, or similar, such manifestos recast the role and purpose of public schools as arbiters of social justice and racism-eliminators.”

As a part of the interview process, Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland asks applicants how they plan to incorporate “gender diversity” and “different racial and cultural backgrounds” into lessons, the report shows. Applicants are also asked how they will ensure that student outcomes are not predictable by “race, ethnicity, culture, gender, or sexual orientation.”