Fewer blacks are teaching public school in nine cities, including New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., according to a report from the Albert Shanker Institute. There are more Latino teachers in the classroom — and many more Latino students.
“Teachers of color are far more likely to leave the classroom than white teachers,” writes Emily DeRuy in National Journal. “They’re disproportionately likely to work in urban, high-poverty schools where the job is stressful and frustrating.
The percentage of public school teachers of color has risen from 12 percent in 1987 to 17 percent in 2012, according to the Shanker report. Students of color are now a majority in public schools.
“Students, especially students of color, do best when their teachers are able to relate personally to their experiences and cultural heritage,” writes DeRuy. “Students score better on tests and are more likely to stay in school.”
Teachers earn $16,000 more in low-poverty districts than in high-poverty districts, according to a Center for American Progress report.
Furthermore, segregation by race and socioeconomic status is growing. “The average black student attends a school where two-thirds of his classmates are poor, almost double the rate for white and Asian children.”