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Topic: Diversity in Teaching

North Carolina’s public schools are becoming increasingly diverse with students of color now making up more than 50 percent of total enrollment. The state’s teaching workforce, however, does not reflect that diversity, with about 80 percent of teachers both white and female. Does it matter, and if so what do we need to do about it?

Guests:

Kelly Hinchcliffe, Education Reporter, WRAL News

Lena Tillett, Reporter, Anchor/Reporter, WRAL News

Dr. Anthony Jackson, Superintendent, Vance County Public Schools

Patricia Harris, Director of Recruitment, UNC-CH School of Education

Resources

EdLines

Race for State Superintendent begins
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article225042940.html
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article224305180.html

Software error affected student grades
https://www.wral.com/bad-math-software-error-tweaks-grades-in-nc-schools/18132865/

Racial disparities in schools highlighted in new report
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article224748465.html

Interview Segments

WRAL Special Report: NC’s Teacher Diversity Gap
https://www.wral.com/nc-s-teacher-diversity-gap-where-are-the-black-and-brown-teachers/18129132/

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Keith Poston

Keith Poston is the president and executive director of the Public School Forum of North Carolina.