“Although the U.S. population is becoming increasingly diverse, the teaching force has not kept pace. For example, African American, Asian American, and Hispanic American students make up almost 40 percent of the public-school student population, but the proportion of elementary and secondary teachers from these minority groups is generally estimated at 15 percent or less. The disparity is particularly acute in the largest urban districts, where minority students sometimes comprise 90 percent or more of enrollment. This underrepresentation of minority groups in the teaching force is expected to grow even more severe in the future.”

Source: Daniel U. Levine and Allan C. Ornstein. pg. Foundations of Education. 10th ed,  4-5. 2008.

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