A new report from the U.S. Department of Education offers statistics on the K-12 teacher workforce in the United States. The report found that 80 percent of the nation’s teachers are White, while only 45 percent of the students in these schools are White. African Americans are 6.1 percent of all teachers in public schools but 15 percent of all students.
Blacks are 10.3 percent of all teachers in public charter schools and only 3.7 percent of the teacher workforce in the nation’s private K-12 schools. African Americans make up 9.2 percent of the teachers in urban schools but only 3.3 percent of teachers in rural schools.
African Americans make up 6 percent of elementary school teachers and 6.3 percent of high school teachers. In schools where at least 75 percent of K–12 students were approved for free or reduced-price lunches, African Americans were 10.7 percent of the teacher workforce. Whites were nearly 69 percent of the teachers in these schools.
In schools where less than a third of students qualified for free or reduced-price lunches, Blacks were just 2.2 percent of all teachers, whereas Whites were 88.4 percent of all teachers.