From what I can tell, nobody else but me was bothered by the news coverage resulting from a new Shanker Institute report on teacher diversity in nine big-city school districts. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have a point.
The new report, issued by the AFT-sponsored think tank, is titled The State of Teacher Diversity in American Education. “This report shows that nationally, progress toward greater diversity is being made, but it is quite modest compared to the need for more minority teachers,” notes the introductory text. “In the nine cities studied… the picture is much more bleak, and there are only a few pockets of progress, surrounded by serious setbacks.”
You can follow the discussion of its findings on social media using #teacherdiversity.
The Washington Post’s Lyndsey Layton wrote about the report in a piece (The number of black teachers has dropped in nine U.S. cities). EdWeek covered the report with this story (Number of Black Teachers Has Fallen in Nine Large Cities, Sometimes Drastically).
However neither of these pieces really addresses the fact that the nine districts included in the report include just 3 of the biggest districts in the nation, leaving out districts like Miami, Houston, Dallas, Clark County (Las Vegas), Broward County, Houston, Hillsborough, Orange County, Fairfax County, Gwinnett County, and may or may not be representative of what’s going on nationally among urban districts or among teachers in general.
There’s no comment or response from the Council of Great City Schools, which represents the nation’s biggest districts. There’s nothing about how the 9 districts were selected, or why the other big city districts were excluded.
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