DAVENPORT — Most teachers are white women. Most school administrators are white. This is true of the entire United States, and it’s certainly true in Iowa.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 80% of teachers in public elementary and secondary schools were white in the 2015-16 school year. In Iowa, that trend is even more pronounced: Every single district in the state had teaching staffs that were more than 92% white in 2018.

Districts are facing pressure to recruit, hire and retain more diverse teachers, especially if the district is urban or diverse. For low-income black students, having at least one black teacher in elementary school reduces their probability of dropping out of school by 29%, a 2017

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