June 13, 2019

Hiring teachers of color is an investment in student success, group says

To read the entire article by Meaghan McGoldrick, visit the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Of the 62 recommendations Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza embraced on Monday to improve diversity in New York City public schools, only six focused on the teachers at the front of the classroom. Those recommendations push the city to better report on diversity among faculty and to study ways to be more inclusive.

But one group says there’s a simpler, better solution: steer funds to recruit more teachers of color.

“Our focus is really around diversifying the teacher workforce,” Educators for Excellence-New York Executive Director Paula White told the Brooklyn Eagle. “We’re looking at putting money where our sort of policy mouth is, if you will.”

Thirteen members of White’s educator-led advocacy group traveled to Albany last Tuesday to discuss the current state of diversity in city education — and to push for funding to fix it.

Read the complete article on the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.