Minnesota school districts try to help minorities earn teaching licenses

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Monday, August 4, 2014

When Abdullah Kiatamba visited the Osseo Public School District office with a group of parents, there was only one thing on their minds — to ask district officials to hire more teachers of color.

"You have 51 percent students of color and less than 5 percent staff of color," Kiatamba said. "We want to see a full representation that allows students to see that the classroom is more welcoming and that those who stand in front of the classroom look like them."

A more diverse teaching staff would solve a lot of problems for non-white students in the district, including a high suspension rate, said Kaitamba, executive director of African Immigrant Services, an organization that helps immigrants get involved in the community.

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