Black public-school teachers in the U.S. are now outnumbered by Hispanic teachers


Public schools opened nationwide on Tuesday with the news that the number of black teachers has been exceeded by Hispanic teachers.

Pew Research Center, a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan fact tank, reported that in the past 30 years, Hispanic teachers have overtaken blacks as the second-largest racial or ethnic group among U.S. public school teachers,

“In 1987-1988, there were three times as many black public-school teachers  (191,000) as Hispanic teachers (69,000). Since then, the number of Hispanic school teachers has increased fivefold to 338,000 compared to the number of black teachers has increased 34% to 256, 000. White men and women comprise 53% of public school teachers.

Pew included the data in a paper titled “America’s public-school teachers are far less racially and ethnically diverse than their students.”

Minority men and women accounted for 20% of elementary and secondary teachers during the 2015-2016 school year, according to the National Center for  Education Statistics. Whites were 53% of public school teachers during the 2011-2012 school year.

There are 98,817 public schools in the U.S.



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