ERIC Number: ED405292
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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Perceived Supply and Demand of Minority Teachers and Administrators in the Southeast United States.
Schaerer, John W.; And Others
The shortage of minority teachers in public schools has reached a critical level and comes at a time when the U.S. population is becoming increasingly diverse. Since 1981, Black and Hispanic students have made up the majority of public school enrollments. These and other data strongly indicate the need for diversity in the teaching ranks. In line with these data, an 8-question survey was mailed to every school district in the 12 southeastern states (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia). The survey requested information regarding employment availability and candidate supply comparisons for one and four years prior to the survey, predictions for the 1995-96 year, and factors impacting hiring. Of the 2,202 surveys sent to chief hiring officials, 629 (29 percent) were returned. Minority personnel supply remains inadequate among most school systems surveyed. However, a noticeable decline in the percentage of respondents perceiving the supply of minority administrators as "less than needed" was evident when compared with teacher supply. Demand in general seems to indicate that opportunities for employment continue to be good for minority elementary teachers, elementary administrators, and secondary administrators, and that secondary teaching opportunities appear slightly improved. (Contains 40 tables, graphs, and charts.) (JLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
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Sponsor: Arkansas State Univ., State University.; Eastern Kentucky Univ., Lexington.; Georgia Univ., Athens.
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