Students of Color Hope Diversity Factors in Search for Lincoln’s Next Superintendent | Education

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At Tuesday’s board meeting, the district will approve sending requests for proposals from a number of superintendent consulting firms to help with the research. The deadline for responding to these research companies is October 22.

Zein Saleh, senior at Lincoln North Star High School and a member of the LPS Equity Framework, would like to see a diverse pool of applicants who value equity. Antwan Wilson, the former principal of Washington, DC schools and a graduate of Wesleyan University of Nebraska, comes to Saleh’s mind.






Zein Saleh.


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Wilson, who is black, resigned his post in Washington amid controversy over the district’s competitive school lottery process. He is now listed as an Assistant Professor of Education at Wesleyan on the school’s website.

“I think he would make a good candidate,” said Saleh, who helped animate Joel’s town halls and advise the district on its equity goals.

Saleh believes LPS has made progress under Joel, but would like to see more work done in the schools themselves. Often, he said, equity is only discussed at the district level and not translated into the classroom.

This will require evaluating student feedback on the search for the next LPS superintendent and ensuring that students – and especially students of color, like him – have a seat at the table, Saleh said.

“Times have obviously changed,” he said. “We have the pandemic, the upsurge in racial violence, so I really hope the students have a voice.”

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