We have always known this to be true. In Texas last year there were 1,663 African-Americans certified through alternative certification programs and only 538 from University-based programs.  Then Teach for America came out with a study on how well they were doing on the diversity issue and it turns out we are right behind them – 51% of their teachers are non-white compared to 46% of our teachers.

This is huge especially in light of a 2016 Department of Education study on the State of Racial Diversity in the Educator Workforce which found that “the most recent U.S. Department of Education Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), a nationally representative survey of teachers and principals, showed that 82 percent of public school teachers identified as white.” Besides building the pipeline of teachers for our schools, alternative certification programs help bring a much greater diversity to teaching.