More Diversity in California Teaching Corps

By Phillip Reese When Rachel Valdivia-Ornelaz attended elementary school near Oxnard during the 1950s, none of her teachers were Latino. Later, over the course of a decades-long career as an elementary school teacher in Oxnard, she watched that pattern change, especially during the last few years. “Our district in Oxnard has been making a...

Increasing Racial Gap in Minnesota Schools

By Faiza Mahamud and MaryJo Webster  Across Minnesota, as the student population becomes more racially diverse, the number of teachers of color is not keeping pace. Since the 2006-07 school year — when this year’s high school graduating class was in first grade — the number of K-12 students of color has exploded, while...