Yet, the reality is, the math still doesn’t jibe.
While 56 percent of New York’s public-school enrollment is made of students of color, the state’s teaching ranks remain 80 percent white. Troubling, yes. But there’s also hope.
The state’s Teacher Opportunity Corps (TOC) program — now offered at 17 public and private colleges throughout New York — is working to close this lopsided color gap by offering crucial support to aspiring teachers from historically underrepresented communities.
The TOC offers:
The state program is also playing an important role in addressing the national teaching shortage. NYSUT has been a leader in working to stem that shortage and Jolene DiBrango, the union’s executive vice president, said TOC was “essential” in enabling the state to recruit and retain a more diverse teaching pool.