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A Shortage Everyone Can Agree on: Indianapolis Schools Don’t Have Many Black Teachers

In the two years David McGuire taught at Indianapolis Public School’s Howe High School, he and another teacher were the only black men there out of a staff of 56.

When he went to get his principal’s license at Marian University, he was again, just one of two. In his doctoral program at IUPUI, he was one of three.

It was a trend he couldn’t ignore. It’s also the kind of shortage that’s indisputable: Indianapolis needs minority teachers.

“African-American boys are historically the lowest-performing students,” McGuire said. “African-American men make up the lowest percentage of teachers. No one has ever thought about that connection?”