Lowell's teacher population lacks diversity. This program wants to change that.Play
Nearly 9 out of 10 teachers in Massachusetts public schools are white, despite students of color making up roughly 44% of the student population. In Lowell, the state's sixth largest school district, the disparity is even more stark.
A new program aims to change this, by encouraging students of color to pursue careers in teaching through a partnership between Lowell Public Schools and the University of Massachusetts - Lowell.
Samuelle Petruccelli, who covers education as WBUR's Boston University Fellow, joins The Common to discuss the push to increase diversity among teachers in Lowell and statewide.