Blog: Latino Ed Beat

Obama Administration Announces Teacher Initiative

The U.S. Department of Education on Monday announced a new initiative to increase the number of high-quality teachers working in low-income and predominantly minority schools.

According to the Obama administration, Latino students are three times as likely as white students to attend schools where more than 20 percent of the teachers are in their first year of teaching.  

The Excellent Educators for All initiative involves three parts. First, the Department of Education is asking states to create comprehensive educator equity plans that reflect solutions to the challenge. They are due in April 2015.

Second, the Department will spend $4.2 million on a technical assistance network that will support implementation of the plans and will share information such as model plans.

Third, the Department will release educator equity profiles that show how states are faring in progress toward increasing access of low-income and minority students to quality teachers.   

“All children are entitled to a high-quality education regardless of their race, ZIP code, or family income,” US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a statement. “Despite the excellent work and deep commitment of our nation’s teachers and principals, systemic inequities exist that shortchange students in high-poverty, high-minority schools across our country. We have to do better.”