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- According to the U.S. Department of Education, more than 35 percent of public school students are African American or Hispanic, but less than 15 percent of teachers are Black or Latino; while less than 2 percent of our nation’s teachers are African American males.
- The Business Higher Education Forum (BHEF) notes that by 2015, the United States will have a shortage of 283,000 highly qualified mathematics and science teachers.
- Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), through its Teacher Quality and Retention Program (TQRP), is addressing the need for both African American male and science and mathematics teachers to serve in high need urban and rural schools.
- TMCF currently has 42 males in its Teacher Quality and Retention Program and 59 STEM majors.
- Males – Average GPA 3.26
- STEM – Average GPA 3.34
- In addition there are 23 new teachers in TQRP. Of those, 22 have embarked on the first phase of National Board Certification--the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards’ Take One process.
- Moreover, these highly trained new teachers have taught over 1,500 elementary, middle and high school students during the 2012-2013 school year.
- Ahead of national trends, 42% of TQRP new teachers are males and 21% teach either math or science.