Thursday, September 17, 2015

Report: As Students Become More Diverse, Teacher Diversity Has Not Kept Up.

The Seattle Times (9/17, Stocking) summarizes a report on teacher diversity from the Albert Shanker Institute, a non-profit organization funded by the American Federation of Teachers. The report found that the percentage of non-white teachers has increased from 12% to 17% nationwide from 1987 to 2012, but that over the same period of time the percentage of African-American teachers has declined. The report also found that the majority of students are now racial minorities so the diversity of the teacher workforce does not match the diversity of students. WBUR-FM Boston (9/16) gives more detail to the report, which focused on nine major cities in the US including Boston. In Boston Public Schools, 87% of the students are minorities, but only 38% of the teachers are minorities. The other cities focused on in the report are: Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington DC. The report called for all levels of government and school districts to do more to recruit a more diverse teacher workforce.

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