Baltimore City Schools made it their mission to push through an initiative to recruit teachers for diversity in their education system.
Teachers, school leaders, and parents shared ideas and concerns on around this initiative at a public meeting Tuesday evening.
School leaders say studies show that employing teachers of color increases students' productivity and progress in and out of the classroom.
"Having access to one African American teacher sometime in a child's K-12 education can have a significant impact on their likelihood of graduating," said Jeremy Grant-Skinner, Chief Capital Officer for Baltimore City Schools, "It is really important for our schools to be staffed with teachers who look like the students they teach."
The next public working group meeting on teachers is September 18.