Congresswoman Susan Davis Urges White House to Hold Summit on Teacher Diversity
Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego), a senior member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, urged President Obama to hold a White House Summit on increasing teacher diversity. Davis is also sponsoring legislation in Congress to help school districts improve diversity in their teaching ranks.
“Expanding teacher diversity and the knowledge and experiences that come with that diversity would help students,” said Davis. “The White House is in a unique position to highlight this need while bringing together great minds to discuss how to improve teacher diversity.”
Davis’s Diverse Teacher Recruitment Act would provide competitive grants to school districts to design and implement recruiting programs to bring teachers from underrepresented groups into the classroom. The Department of Education would analyze the programs and disseminate data on which were effective in recruiting minority teachers. Successful results could be replicated in other school districts.
Research has shown that teacher diversity can improve academic results for students of color, particularly in raising test scores, improving attendance, increasing enrollment in advanced level courses, and boosting college-going rates.
The letter can be viewed here.