Rethinking The Minority Teacher Pipeline

Rethinking The Minority Teacher Pipeline

By The74

  • 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.

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Diddy’s Charter School Initiative Preps for More Capital

Diddy’s Charter School Initiative Preps for More Capital

By CultureBanx Team

  • Sean “Diddy” Combs expands his partnership with Capital Prep charter schools

  • Capital Prep Bronx will open in September 2019

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Harlem born music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs expanded his partnership with Capital Prep charter schools, a network to help underserved communities with a $1 million pledge to increase their educational reach. With this latest financial contribution the school has been approved to expand to a third location in the Bronx.

Why This Matters: Capital Prep already has locations in Harlem and Bridgeport, CT. They’re aiming to open more campuses so they can provide more than 2,100 students with access to a higher affirming education. The Bronx charter school location will initially open to 160 students in the 6th and 7th grade. Additionally, the school will grow to serve 650 students from sixth to eleventh grade during an initial five-year term.

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