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"In 2013 the Oregon Legislature amended the original Minority Teacher Act passed in 1991 and changed the definition of “Minority” to include educators whose first language is not
English. Statute also required that the state’s education agencies jointly submit an annual report to the Legislature on the status of Oregon’s efforts to achieve a K-12 educator
workforce that more closely mirrors the demographics of the students in our schools."

"Although positive trends are noted in almost every category reported in Figure 1, the educator workforce is not shifting quickly enough to respond to Oregon’s changing ethnically and linguistically diverse K-12 student body. As was suggested by one observer, small technical “fixes” are not sufficient at this point for changing the overall desired outcome when systems continue to produce only small gains in terms of the diversity of Oregon’s educator workforce demographics."

Author: State of Oregon Chief Education Office