Students protest hiring of nondeaf leader for deaf school
Both of Georgia’s schools for the deaf and hard of hearing are now headed by people who can hear, and the latest hiring has prompted protests by students and resignations by some teachers.
The Georgia Department of Education hired a new superintendent last month at the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf in Clarkston, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The school’s former superintendent, who is deaf, left in June for another job.
The new superintendent is white, and some former employees say Black employees were overlooked for promotion, according to the report.
Students at the school held protests last week, before COVID-19 led to a two-week closure. News outlets for the deaf reported students were concerned about audism — discrimination against and dismissive attitudes toward deaf people. They also raised concerns about discrimination against people of color.