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Number Of Teachers Of Color Hired By Harford Schools Continues To Increase

Of the 209 new teachers hired for the 2017-2018 school year, 33 of them identified themselves as teachers of color, a number that’s been increasing the last three years as Harford schools focus on increasing their diversity.

“I’m encouraged by the fact that our numbers of teachers of color hired, although the numbers are small, they do reflect growth, and they do reflect growth from looking at the ranks of those existing [teachers],” Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Jean A. Mantegna told members of the Harford County Board of Education at their meeting Monday night in Bel Air.

One of the main focuses of her office when it comes to recruiting staff and teachers is to continue to improve diversity within the organization as well as maintain a culturally proficient staff, she said.

The 33 teachers of color hired for the 2017-2018 school year is 15.8 percent of all the teachers hired, Mantegna said. That’s up from 13.4 percent in the 2016-2017 school year and 9.1 percent in the 2015-2016 school year.

At the same time the number of new teachers of color is increasing, so is the percentage of teachers of color across the entire school system, she said.