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October 24, 2014, 7:45 am
970 WMAY News

District 186 Losing Ground On Minority Hiring

A new report shows District 186 still failing to meet the minority hiring goals spelled out under the federal school desegregation that dates back to the 1970s.


The district backslid in the current fiscal year, and total minority staff in the district is now below 10%.  The desegregation order calls for the district's staffing to reflect the makeup of the community, with about an 18% minority population.


The study says there are several factors that inhibit minority hiring, including the District's practice of filling vacancies late, failure to hold administrators accountable for not meeting the goals, and teachers' union contracts that give veteran teachers "recall rights' which make it harder for new minority teachers to enter the district.

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