Texas in need of more minority teachers

August 3, 2010 8:49:44 AM PDT
Experts say a lack of black and Hispanic teachers could hinder the achievement of minorities as their enrollment rises in Texas. The Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday that black and Hispanic students did better on state tests with teachers of their own races.

A study, by the Educational Resources Information Center, shows one of the reasons is that minority teachers better understand cultural differences and can "break down the students' stereotypes."

The state projects that minority students will make up around 62 percent of the student body in the 2011-12 school year, up more than 10 percent from a decade ago.