If you’ve been doom-scrolling since the start of the year, you probably missed this tidbit of good news. Earlier this month, the Department of Education granted $18 million to teaching programs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other predominantly minority-serving institutions.
The money could not have come at a better time. Even though 15 percent of K-12 students are Black, only 7 percent of teachers are Black.
And that’s a shame because the benefits of Black students having a Black teacher are widely documented.
One working paper from the National Bureau of economic research found that Black students who have one Black teacher by third grade were 13 percent more likely to enroll in college. What’s more, if a Black student has …