"Since the passage of the Minority Teacher Act in 1991, Oregon has made intermittent efforts to address the gap between the demographics of the state’s public K‐12 educator workforce and that of the K‐12 public school students they serve (Appendix A). These efforts have had a limited impact on a gap that continues to widen as has been reflected in reports generated by and provided to the Legislature in 2003, 2005, 2011, and 2014. According to the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) in 2014‐15, Oregon’s students of color made up 36.4% of the K‐12 population but only 8.5% of Oregon’s teacher workforce was non‐white with the most notable difference existing between Hispanic students (22.4%) and Latino teachers (3.9%). Over the past 17 months, a twenty member Oregon Educator Equity Advisory Group, convened by the Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB), has reviewed Oregon’s current data, identified underlying root causes, examined outcomes from existing initiatives, and developed recommendations to address conditions and policies impacting the recruitment, preparation, retention, and advancement of a more culturally and linguistically diverse educator workforce."
Author: Oregon Education Investment Board