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Gov. Cooper launches NC task force to recruit more teachers of color
20% of public school educators are racial minorities
Published Sunday, December 15, 2019 1:41 pm
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed an executive order establishing a task force to recruit and retain more teachers of color for public schools. Students of color make up nearly half of North Carolina's K-12 enrollment, but the teaching ranks is 20% people of color.

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A task force established by N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper will focus on diversifying the state’s teacher ranks.

Executive Order No. 113, announced last week by Cooper at the Developing a Representative and Inclusive Vision for Education, or DRIVE Summit, would assemble a panel of stakeholders to recruit more teachers of color to the state’s classrooms.  Nearly half of the state’s K-12 enrollment are students of color, but teachers of color make up 20 percent of the educators. Research shows that all students, particularly students of color, are more successful with teacher diversity.

One of Cooper’s goals is to expand the Teaching Fellows to every historically black college in the state to boost diversity in the state's teaching ranks. The Teaching Fellows program offers scholarships to college students who pledge to teach after graduation.

“Diversity at the front of the classroom improves student success across the board and helps our state fill a significant gap in the number of qualified teachers we have versus how many we need,” he said. “With [the] Executive Order and summit, North Carolina is leading the charge on recruiting, developing, supporting and retaining diverse talent.”

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The order calls for the task force to submit a report to the governor’s office that:

• Assesses the state’s progress in increasing educator diversity in K-12 public schools;

• Identifies short, mid-range, and long-term strategies to increase educator diversity;

• Identifies stakeholders, assets, and sources of funding that can be leveraged to recruit, retain, develop, and support more educators of colors;

• Proposes metrics and standards by which the governor can evaluate the state’s success in achieving its goals and improving recruitment, retention, development, and support of educators of colors; and

• Identifies what recommendations for increasing educator diversity should be prioritized and addressed.

The order comes on the heels of a report that found North Carolina is lagging on its constitutional mandate to provide every student “an opportunity to receive a sound basic education” required in the 1997 Leandro case. The findings from California-based WestEd recommended eight areas of improvement to bring the state into compliance in funding poor school districts. Among them are a revision of the state’s appropriations model, academic offerings for low-performing schools and hiring “qualified and well-prepared” staff for every campus.

“The benefits of building a diverse teacher workforce are clear,” said John King, president and CEO of The Education Trust and former U.S. education secretary. “Access to diverse teachers and school leaders has the power to improve student outcomes and can have positive, long-lasting effects on our children that extend into our communities.”

The summit brought together education stakeholders to share ideas and develop strategies to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of the state’s teacher workforce.

“Education leaders across the country must broaden the focus of equity in education to include supporting, investing and empowering educators of color,” said Javaid Siddiqi, The Hunt Institute’s president and CEO.

The task force will be made up of at least 15 members appointed by the governor. The panel will include parents, teachers, administrators, government officials, representatives from the University of North Carolina and community college systems, and companies with a presence in the state.

“Educator diversity is important if we want to prepare all our students to be successful in a more diverse work environment,” said Caroline Sullivan, executive director of the North Carolina Business Committee on Education.


Hello, my MariarRosa Rangel. I am part of Governor Cooper Latino/Hispanic Council. Within this council we have sub committees that work on different issues. I am the chair of the Educational Sub Committee and we are charged to provide recommendations to the Governor. One of the items we are focusing on is the recruitment and retention of minority teachers. I would like to get in contact with someone from this task to exchange information and align our recommendation with yours. I can be contacted at mrangel1@wcpss.net
Posted on June 18, 2020
If minority students do better with minority teachers, that could be the same rule for white students....... can't claim theory for one race and not another, or it is discriminatory?
Is diversity discriminatory?
Think about it. Children must live in a world community of all people, or not?
Posted on December 15, 2019

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