Officials seek more diversity in Iowa's schools

BY DI STAFF | DECEMBER 08, 2010 7:10 AM

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The compilers of a report on minority teachers in Iowa's schools will seek the approval of the state Board of Regents of that report.

A lack of diversity in postsecondary teacher preparation programs must be corrected by recruiting more minority students into such programs, the report states.

The report, the result of legislation calling for the examination of "opportunities for recruiting racial and ethnic minority teachers in Iowa," will be presented to the regents during their meeting Thursday. Officials hope to submit a final report to the Iowa Legislature by Jan. 10.

The study's committee is composed of representatives from the Iowa Department of Education, Board of Regents, community colleges, area education agencies, and public and private colleges and universities, according to the report.

— by Sam Lane

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