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Closing San Diego Unified’s Student-Teacher Diversity Gap

Evening Edition

Aired 4/14/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS

Cindy Marten, Superintendent, San Diego Unified School District

Joe Johnson, Dean SDSU College of Education

Transcript

White students barely make up 25 percent of the student population in the San Diego Unified School District, but two-thirds of the teachers and counselors in the district are white.

That lack of diversity among the district's teaching staff and management is a concern to the school board and school Superintendent Cindy Marten.

A recent report revealed, that while Latinos account for almost half of students at the district, the majority of teachers and counselors are white.

The district says it's working to find ways to expand the hiring pool of teachers to insure more diversity. That outreach may be tested soon, as the district offers an retirement incentive program which could open up hundreds of teaching jobs.

On KPBS Midday Edition today, we'll discuss the effort to insure that teachers and management at San Diego Unified reflect the diversity of the student population.

Comments

Avatar for user 'muckapoo1'

muckapoo1 | April 14, 2014 at 2:10 p.m. ― 6 months, 2 weeks ago

We take in all illegals into our school (which contribute nothing to the schools). That raises the ratio of latinos students to latino teachers. Therefore, we need to cut down on the current teachers (who probably own homes and pay taxes to the schools). Then some lib Rhodes Scholar will push for hiring teachers from Mexico to come in on a daily basis and live there. Appears the reverse discrimination of the future has begun as forecast.

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philosopher3000 | April 14, 2014 at 11:28 p.m. ― 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Ok, given racists like muckapoo1 above are free to speak, perhaps KPBS could explain why it's important for PUBLIC SERVICE organizations like Schools, Cops, Fire-Rescue, or say, PUBLIC MEDIA reflect the diversity of the people they serve?

It may be illegal to discriminate in hiring, but one of the criteria that qualifies a person for these public service roles is the ability to empathize and communicate with the citizens they serve. The real issue is that if we don't have equal opportunities for minorities in the public sector, then the traditional cycles of institutional poverty and discrimination will continue, and we ill lose the potential of great minds like Obama, as we alienate half the society.

If makapoo1 one would like to come out of the shadows of anonymity, I live for public debate of ideas, and would challenge her to a LIVE Public Debate on the issues. But I suspect that muckabpoo1 lacks the courage or education to compete.

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francesca | April 15, 2014 at 7:08 a.m. ― 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Not sure about what research Cindy Marten's statements were based on. Sounded like she was just trying to cut the budget, with her statements about getting rid of the old, white teachers.
I just wish the school board had given the minority community at least an opportunity to apply for the superintendent's job, before picking their close friend, no interview required, to be superintendent...one of those white ladies, she's trying to get rid of...well, her.
Then Dr. Marten proceeded to choose a mostly white staff of her close friends, until people again complained.
Fifty years ago, SDUSD did a nationwide search, to find the best and brightest of all groups, and the district teaching staff was well balanced. Fifty years ago, people weren't such political panderers...

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benz72 | April 15, 2014 at 8:42 a.m. ― 6 months, 2 weeks ago

The comparison of student ethnicity to teacher ethnicity is odd; I'd be interested in seeing the statistics from the other direction. What percentage of CA teachers, by subject, belong to different ethnic groups? Are there a significant portion of minority science teachers who cannot find a teaching position? How does the compare to the statistic for white science teachers?

Complaining that half the patients in the hospital are male but 75% of the nurses are women (or whatever the number is) probably does not point to discriminatory hiring practices against male nurses but rather a (relative) lack of interest in nursing careers among males.

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muckapoo1 | April 15, 2014 at 9:10 a.m. ― 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Reverse discrimination by a stacked deck like this one, is wrong. Let's send those who are not supposed to be here home. Then, do the study. Don't lay off qualified teachers. Don't start hiring lesser qualified people based on this current mess. It is wrong from start to finish

As for Phil3000. An honest debate? What a joke. Your prejudged comment about "given racist" in you first sentence shows what you bring to a debate. Name calling and placing a label. Those are the instant death of a healthy debate.

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Missionaccomplished | April 15, 2014 at 11:08 a.m. ― 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Hey _CKKKAPOOP, ALL minors must attend school. It's the law, remember??? We in education are NOT the ID police. Got it?

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Missionaccomplished | April 15, 2014 at 11:10 a.m. ― 6 months, 2 weeks ago

"Reverse discrimination," _ckkkapoop??? That's the same old song since . . . Bakke. Oh wait, that's right, nothing before you were born existed!

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Missionaccomplished | April 15, 2014 at 11:13 a.m. ― 6 months, 2 weeks ago

_ckkkapoop1, how is Phildough300's statement "prejudged"???

We can tel from your innane comments here and elsewhere, where your own prejudices and biases lie.

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muckapoo1 | April 15, 2014 at 7:26 p.m. ― 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Mission, if you are an educator, I hope you are the first to be displaced. Kind of like "one for the Gipper".

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