Public schools opened nationwide on Tuesday with the news that the number of black teachers has been exceeded by Hispanic teachers.
Pew Research Center, a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan fact tank, reported that in the past 30 years, Hispanic teachers have overtaken blacks as the second-largest racial or ethnic group among U.S. public school teachers,
“In 1987-1988, there were three times as many black public-school teachers (191,000) as Hispanic teachers (69,000). Since then, the number of Hispanic school teachers has increased fivefold to 338,000 compared to the number of black teachers has increased 34% to 256, 000. White men and women comprise 53% of public school teachers.
Pew included the data in a paper titled “America’s public-school teachers are far less racially and ethnically diverse than their students.”
Minority men and women accounted for 20% of elementary and secondary teachers during the 2015-2016 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Whites were 53% of public school teachers during the 2011-2012 school year.
There are 98,817 public schools in the U.S.