Monday, August 27, 2001

Black male teachers are hard to find

The Associated Press

        YOUNGSTOWN — Matt Richardson is the exception when it comes to the Warren school district.

        The second-year elementary physical education teacher is one of just nine black men out of 596 teachers in a district where 45 percent of the students are minorities.

        “I think it's real important to not just have African-American males in the classroom, but males, period,” Mr. Richardson, 25, told The (Youngstown) Vindicator for a story Sunday.

        Black men make up 1.5 percent of Warren's teaching force, just above the state average of 1.3 percent. Nationally, black men will make up just 2 percent of the 2.5 million elementary and secondary school teachers this ac ademic year — something that worries educators who say teachers of the same race and sex can help a child's achievement.

        The situation doesn't show signs of improving. The American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education reports that fewer than 3 percent of college students in teacher-training programs are black men.


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