A response to a growing national crisis—the absence of a critical mass of racially diverse educators to meet the needs of America’s increasingly diverse primary and secondary classrooms. It is a research-based strategy that also responds to states’ escalating teacher shortages and gaps in student achievement.


An Initiative by the State Higher Education Executive Officers 


Researchers and practitioners continue to highlight the critical importance of a racially diverse teaching force in American schools, particularly for minority students confronted with the challenges of growing up amidst resourced starved schools and communities.

Schools with diverse teachers support the intellectual and social development of African American and Latino students, as well as non-minority students who face an increasingly diverse world.

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Since 2014, ethnic and racial minorities make up more than half of the student population in U.S. public schools, yet ...

Nationally, people of color make up about 20 percent of teachers; a mere 2 percent are black men.

A 2017 study found that having at least one Black teacher in grades 3-5 reduced a low-income Black student’s probability of dropping out of school by 29 percent.

78 percent of public school principals are white and 54 percent of them are female.

80 percent of teachers are white and 77 percent of them are female.

Dr. Rusty Monhollon President and Executive Director, SC Commission on Higher Education

Dr. Rusty Monhollon President and Executive Director, SC Commission on Higher Education

“Project Pipeline Repair is not only an opportunity to address the racial and gender disparities in our educational workforce, but it is also a viable solution to addressing the teacher shortage crisis that we currently face as a country and state. We must elevate the discussion to consider unconventional methods and untapped resources as possible solutions to this crisis. Minority men are an untapped resource, especially in the field of education.”


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