Public schools often encounter diversity challenges. Minority students make up almost half of all public school students, but minority teachers account for only 18 percent of the teacher workforce.
Now, a new report from the Brookings Institution seeks to address the diversity issue and get to the root of the challenge.
- Attaining a diverse teacher workforce should be a long-term policy goal
- Strategies should be put in place to help minority teachers succeed in college and remain in the classroom
The report intends to answer two questions:
- What will it take to achieve a national teacher workforce that is as diverse as the student body it serves?
- How long will it take to reach that goal?
Four key moments along the teacher pipeline are examined: college attendance and completion, majoring in education or pursuing another teacher preparation pathway, hiring into a teaching position, and staying in teaching year after year.
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