While the city of Baltimore has made significant gains in the appointment of blacks to top spots in school administration, progress in the rest of Maryland has been slow to nonexistent during the last decade.
According to data from the State Board of Education, there were 104 more black school administrators in the state in 1984 than there were in 1974, but 39 of them were in Baltimore.
Harford County has its first black high school principal this year, 31 years after schools were desegregated. Only one of Carroll County's 29 principals is black, and Garrett County still has an all-white staff. In Prince George's County, 26 percent of school administrators are black in comparison with 57 percent of its students.
Gus Crenson, spokesman for the state school board, said plans to desegregate school staffs "apparently fell through the cracks of changing administrations. We can't find them anywhere."
Today in Maryland, 21 percent of the school administrators are black, compared with 17 percent in 1974, the state figures show.
Black leaders say the increases indicate little progress.
"De facto segregation" is common because "nobody is minding the store," Jean Creek, president of the Anne Arundel branch of the NAACP, told the Baltimore Sun.