U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. Issued the Following Statement in Response to a Report Released Today on the Lack of Educator Diversity

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U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. Issued the Following Statement in Response to a Report Released Today on the Lack of Educator Diversity

August 19, 2016

"While students of color make up the majority in our public schools, just 18 percent of teachers identify as people of color. Research suggests that students of color benefit from having teachers of color who can serve as positive role models and illustrate the potential of what they can be. But we also know that society benefits when all students, regardless of their background, grow up seeing diverse adults in positions of authority. We must do more to support teachers of color at all points across the teacher pipeline so students today can benefit from and become the teachers and mentors of tomorrow. Today's report shows the startling results if we choose to do nothing. Working together, we can choose a different future for our children—one that is diverse and necessary for a well-rounded education that will prepare all students to live, work and compete in our increasingly interconnected, global economy."