Mamie Till Mobley

"There was an important mission for me, to shape so many...young minds as a teacher. God took away one child but...(gave) me thousands. And I have been grateful for the blessing." Mamie Till Mobley

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Race to the Top needs to reform itself lack of Latinos troubling

The RTTT "Staffing at a Glance" is in  the Regents Reform Agenda report published on January 2011. Buffalo has been criticized for many things including failing schools and a dysfunctional board but the Race to the Top  Regents Reform Agenda Report showed the staff in Albany is composed almost exclusively of whites overseeing the reform efforts state-wide-- 86% of the RTTT employees are white, 11% African-American, 4% Asian and 0% Latinos. While 54% hired were internal candidates, 46% were external and nearly all are whites.
Ironically there are no Latinos in the group. Since the largest population of schools vying for the RTTT funds have large numbers of African-Americans and Latinos it's troubling few employees from these groups compose the RTTT in Albany.
While the lack of Latinos is not only unacceptable but difficult to reconcile with the mission of the Race to the top school reform agenda. So, who is the distinguished educator Commissioner John King is sending to Buffalo? Hopefully, a Latino to make up for the gross disparity in his own staff.

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