Simmons College Partners With Local Schools to Produce More Black Teachers


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Historically Black Simmons College in Louisville, Kentucky has partnered with Jefferson County Public Schools in an effort to produce more Black teachers and to keep them in the county. The district has struggled over the years to hire and retain Black teachers. Currently, 35 percent of the county’s student population is African-American, compared to only 12 percent of the teachers. The district aims to reach a goal of a teaching workforce that is at least 18 percent Black by 2020 as part of its Racial Equity Plan. The first phase of the new program will allow Simmons graduates to get in...