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Wed Nov 20, 2019, 11:35 PM

US Schools Try to Diversify Mainly White Teaching Ranks


By MICHAEL MELIA

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — It wasn’t until she became a high school senior that Kayla Ireland had another black person as a teacher in Waterbury, a former manufacturing hub where the students are mostly minorities and the educators are generally white.

The imbalance never troubled her much, except for some moments, like when a white teacher led a discussion of police brutality and racial profiling. But the absence of black teachers has been a frequent topic of discussion among Kayla’s classmates at Wilby High School, which has struggled with high numbers of disciplinary issues, including a mass suspension over dress-code violations.

“Sometimes people go through bad days. But because you don’t have that person that looks like you, a person that you can talk to that can relate to it, you don’t really know how to explain it,” said Kayla, 16. “So it feels good to have a teacher that you can go to, and you feel comfortable with, because you’re not going to be deemed the girl in class who doesn’t know anything.”

More than half of the students in American public schools are minorities, but the teaching force is still 80% white, according to statistics from the U.S. Education Department. As mounting research highlights the benefits minority teachers can bestow on students, the gap has received renewed attention, including from Democratic presidential candidates who have endorsed strategies to promote teacher diversity.

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Wed Nov 20, 2019, 11:41 PM

1. War on wyt teachers,

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Thu Nov 21, 2019, 12:39 AM

2. White teachers are just going to have to start identifying as black.

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Thu Nov 21, 2019, 06:05 AM

3. Perhaps President Trump should DEMAND that blacks in college become teachers.....

That'll fix this "CRISIS", …. don't allow them to choose, just tell them. (sarc)

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