First of a two-part story
By Alleen Brown
…In St. Paul 15 percent of teachers are not White, compared to 76 percent of students. In Minneapolis, 17 percent of teachers are not White, compared to 65 percent of students.
Minneapolis and St. Paul district human resources officials say they want more teachers of color, but race doesn’t trump credentials. For now, too few people
of color are making it through Minnesota’s education pipeline into the classroom.
The ultimate solution would be nothing short of closing the achievement gap. The problem’s roots are embedded in the same web of economic, historical and cultural issues that cause the gap in standardized test scores and graduation rates between White and non-White Minnesota students.
A few alternative solutions may be too controversial to gain widespread support.
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