Kids aboard a school bus in Charlestown Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2013. Photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki/Metro
The Boston Public Schools system wants a more diverse faculty, reportedly as a response to a decline in the number of black teachers.
Boston Schools Interim Superintendent John McDonough recently announced a ‘Teacher Diversity Action Plan’ to attract and retain "a highly qualified, diverse teaching force" that better reflects the school system's student body.
“The goal of this plan is to find teachers who are linguistically, culturally and racially diverse, who reflect the diversity of our student population,” McDonough said in a prepared statement.
The system has a predominantly white faculty. Of 4,415 teachers, 21 percent are Black, 10 percent are Hispanic and 6 percent are Asian, according to BPS. Among the student population, 40 percent are Hispanic, 36 percent are Black, 9 percent are Asian and 2 percent are multicultural or “other."
The Boston Globe reported Monday that BPS is in violation of a decades-old federal court order requiring that at least 25 percent of teachers be black and 10 percent "other minorities."
The lack of compliance puts the school system at risk for further litigation.