New Report Presents Data on the Race and Ethnicity of Public School Teachers

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education presents data on the race and ethnicity of public school teachers in the nation’s public schools.

The data shows that in the 2017–18 school year, 79 percent of public school teachers were White and non-Hispanic. About 7 percent of public school teachers were Black and non-Hispanic.

In schools where the majority of students were White, over 90 percent of teachers were White. At schools in which a majority of students were Black, more than one-third (36 percent) of teachers were Black and 54 percent were White.

The majority of teachers were White in schools where a majority of students were Hispanic
(54 percent), Black (54 percent), Asian (60 percent), or American Indian/Alaska Native (61 percent). That is, a larger percentage of teachers were White than of the same race/ethnicity as the majority of students.


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