Why a Racially Diverse Faculty Matters

Jul 14th, 2017 | By | Category: Blogs & Op-eds, Education, News & Features

The faculty of public schools are still primarily white and female. We know this intuitively but it is also the data from the National Center for Education Statistics. Our students are much more diverse than the workforce. The demographics of America’s younger population is changing faster than its aging ones. According to Kids Data, the population of white K-12 students is now less than 50% nationally. The good news is that diversity among public school teachers has also increased…but, not in impressive ways. From 1987-1988 to 2011-2012, the percentage of white faculty dropped from 87% to 82%.  During the same time period, the population of black public school teachers fell from 8% to 7% and the population of Hispanic public school teachers grew from 3% to 8% (The State of Racial Diversity in the Educator Workforce).

No words can express the need for models for minority children better than those of SCOTUS Justice Sonia Sotomayor:

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