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ERIC Number: ED500348
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Aug
Pages: 35
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Report to the State Board of Education on the Status of Minority Teachers in Tennessee, 2004
Tennessee Department of Education
In 1987, the State Board of Education cited a shortage of minority teachers in Tennessee. In 1988, The Tennessee Task Force on the Supply of Minority Teachers issued recommendations to increase the number of minority teachers. In 1989, House Joint Resolution 36 also requested an annual report on the status of minority teachers be submitted to the Senate and House K-12 Education Sub-Committees of the Tennessee General Assembly. Legislation was adopted in 1993 urging each local board of education to establish reasonable, incremental goals for the recruitment, employment, and retention of African-American teachers in numbers which reflect the percentage of African-Americans within the community served by the local education agency. This report discusses the need for minority recruitment and retention, and efforts to increase minority representation among the ranks of Tennessee teachers. School systems are making strides to increase the number of African American educators and minority educators in Tennessee schools; however, more effort is needed. The number of minority students in Tennessee public school classrooms is increasing each year. The number of classroom teachers with 30+ years of experience further emphasizes the accelerated need to establish and implement minority recruitment and retention strategies. The development, implementation, and evaluation of local recruitment and retention plans are needed in order to enhance placement efforts. As the new data system comes on line our hopes are that accuracy as to race and ethnicity will improve. The system is in the pilot stage. The report concludes that Tennessee must continue efforts to attract and retain African American and minority educators and improve data collection to reflect more accurately the number of educators with regard to race and ethnicity. Statistical Summary Tables and Minority Grant Awardee information are appended. (Contains 17 tables.)
Tennessee Department of Education. Andrew Johnson Tower 6th Floor, Nashville, TN 37243-0375. Tel: 615-741-2731; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tennessee State Dept. of Education, Nashville.
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee