40% of America’s public schools don’t have a single educator of color
Black students are more likely to attend college if they have a black teacher in grades 3-5
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A teacher trainer at a historically black college found that officials were eager to hire her students, but skeptical of the quality of the teacher preparation they’re receiving. This only plays deeper into the fact that 40% of America’s public schools don’t have a single educator of color. This tension prompted Cassandra Herring to recently launch the Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity, or BranchED, a new nonprofit designed to support minority-serving institutions with teacher preparation programs.
Why This Matters: In 2016, the U.S. Department of Education removed the requirement that teacher preparation programs “maintain a high bar of selectivity” for applicants, a step it said was intended to “allow programs to recruit a more diverse student body.” The challenge of non-diverse teachers is not unique to public schools, experts say, and is shared across institutions of higher education that serve significant percentages of minority students, schools designated by the federal government as minority-serving institutions.Read More