Report sounds alarm on teacher diversity

A crisis is growing in education: erosion in diversity among the teacher workforce in urban systems, particularly at schools where large numbers of black teachers leave because sound retention strategies have been replaced by a revolving door. That message comes through loud and clear in the Albert Shanker Institute’s new report “The State of Teacher Diversity in American Education,” released at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 16. “We’ve reached a crisis in urban education, [and] we need to reverse these trends,” AFT President Randi Weingarten, who is the Shanker Institute’s board president, told reporters. “Diversity is a key component to equality and opportunity. Where there’s a diverse teaching workforce, all kids thrive.”