Fewer than half of all public school students in the nation are white, yet four out of five teachers are white. Part of the reason for this disparity is simple demographics, with there being more white adults than children. However, other factors exacerbate the problem. Blacks and Latinos do not earn college degrees at the same rate as whites--though those numbers are steadily improving--so fewer are eligible to teach. Fewer black and Latino college graduates consider a teaching career, and for those that do, they are hired and retained at a lower rate than their white counterparts.
Every point in this leaky pipeline must be shored up.