After a recent report found that the number of teachers in public schools has more than doubled over the last three decades, Chalkbeat.org took a deeper look at what it found to be a rosier than likely picture of the state of teacher diversity.
Looking at the numbers a little more closely, Chalkbeat found that in 1987, about 87 percent of public school teachers were white. In the 2015-16 school year, just over 80 percent of teachers were white. During that same time period, the raw number of teachers of color went from 305,000 out of well over 2 million teachers to about 760,000 out of nearly 4 million teachers.
So while the numbers of teachers increased by 150 percent in nearly three decades, it is also true that the share of teachers of color has increased by only 7 percent during that same time period.
This puts the state of teacher diversity under vastly different lights.
Looking at the raw numbers, Chalkbeat.org also found that while black teachers have increased from 191,000 to 256,000 between 1987 – 2015, the share of teachers who are black has actually declined – from 8.2 percent to 6.7 percent. This is especially alarming as research continues to prove the impact that black teachers have on black students, including their likeliness to attend college.
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