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NYC educators push for teacher diversity in city schools


Added 01-20-20 05:13:02pm EST - “Hall became a middle school science teacher in the Bronx in part so his students would never have that same experience. But for years, he was the only black male teacher on staff ?" which came with challenges of its own.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “NYC educators push for teacher diversity in city schools”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

When Leton Hall was a public school student in the Bronx, he didn’t have a single teacher who looked like him.

Hall became a middle school science teacher in the Bronx in part so his students would never have that same experience. But for years, he was the only black male teacher on staff — which came with challenges of its own.

“Since there were a lot black students, if they had an issue they usually came to me, as if I could just connect because of having the same race or ethnicity," Hall said.

"Usually I could build the relationship, but it was difficult because I felt I was pulled in many directions,” he added.

Two dozen city educators who gathered at city hall Monday said experiences like Hall’s are still all too common in city schools. According to a recent report from the group Ed Trust, more than 10,000 students of color will pass through city schools without having a single teacher of color.

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