Every year U.S. schools grow more diverse. According to the latest studies by the Center for American Progress (CAP) and the National Education Association (NEA), nearly half of all students who attend public school right now are from minority backgrounds. Yet both organizations note a critical “diversity gap” in our nation’s education system — not among students, but among teachers.
Among the 3.3 million teachers who work in American public schools, only 18% identified as minorities: 8% as Hispanic, 7% as black and about 2% as Asian. In comparison, 48% of public school students are nonwhite: 23% are Hispanic, 16% are black and 5% are Asian.