And an emerging body of research, highlighted in a new research review by Ana María Villegas, a professor of education at Montclair State University, and Jacqueline Jordan Irvine, a professor of urban education at Emory University, suggests that teachers of color as a group produce better academic results with students of color than do white teachers.
"Teachers of color are valuable," Villegas
"When you have had the experience of being 'the other' in a society, not being the mainstream, you bring in some insights as to how kids feel in schools."
To date, more than 35 states have adopted policies aimed at hiring more minority teachers, but there is no national directive.
"There ought to be some kind of federal policy that encourages the recruitment of people of color into teaching, with money behind it so that you can provide scholarships," Villegas