“More than half of Pa. public schools do not have a teacher of color” – WHYY


Haverford-class-o-New-Teachers-2018-19“The new teachers hired by The School District of Haverford Township for the 2018-19 school year.” (Photo courtesy of The School District of Haverford Township)

Lijia Liu and Dale Mezzacappa, The Notebook

“More than 60 years after the Brown vs. Board of Education ruling, an analysis of state data shows persistently stark disparities between the racial composition of teachers and students in Pennsylvania’s schools — among the widest gaps in the country.

“Just 5.6 percent of Pennsylvania’s teachers are persons of color, compared to 33.1 percent of its students.”

According to the data file referenced in the article, Columbia has just one teacher that is a person of color. See here. Columbia’s non-white student population percentage is 42%.

Click here to read this WHYY article in its entirety.

One comment

  1. I don’t think it is hard to explain why Columbia has so few minority teachers. Unless someone has ties here, why the h would they want to move here? The best qualified candidates will find employment in more desirable locations. I would ask how many minority candidates even applied in many of these smaller districts. Especially in one of the poorest preforming districts in the state. You generally don’t book passage on a sinking ship if you care about your future.

    Columbia also has a scarcity of minority doctors. Actually, Columbia has a scarcity of doctors and for the same reasons. Lots of more desirable places to live and work.

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