The Nashville City Paper reports in this article that the Tennessee Department of Education has started a two-year program to recruit and retain minority teachers.
"The initiative is a statewide effort to involve various entities to align their current minority recruitment efforts with those of the Department of Education, according to Gwen Watson, Tennessee urban education specialist."
"On the local front, Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) hired for the 2005-2006 school year more than 600 teachers, 13 percent of whom were minorities. This compares to about 500 hires for 2004-2005, 10 percent of whom were minorities."
"Currently, 47 percent of the district’s student population is minority, with 20 percent of its teaching force minority, said Kay Stafford, MNPS human resources director."