The Center for American Progress has released a new study documenting the importance of efforts to retain Black and other minority teachers in our nation’s public schools. Among the findings of the report are:
* At the national level, students of color make up almost half of the public school population. In contrast, teachers of color — those who are not non-Hispanic Whites — make up only 18 percent of all teachers. In some states, this large gap is widening even further.
* Up to 50 percent of new teachers leave the profession within five years.
* Teachers of color are more likely to work in public schools that serve high-minority, high-poverty urban communities than their White counterparts.
* Over the past two decades, the growth in number of teachers of color has almost doubled, outpacing the growth of white teachers. However, successful efforts to recruit more teachers of color to schools in disadvantaged areas are largely negated by the revolving door of attrition: In general, teachers of color have higher turnover rates than do other teachers.
* Male teachers of color are more than two times as likely as female teachers of color to leave the field.
* Once in the classroom, challenging teaching conditions and a lack of professional and administrative support quickly drive teachers of color from the profession.
Author Glenda L. Partee, former associate director for teacher quality at the Center for American Progress, offers a number of recommendations on how to increase the retention of teachers of color in our public schools.
The report, Retaining Teachers of Color in Our Public Schools, may be downloaded by clicking here.