Recently I saw an article which discussed that most people who are entrusted to educate and care for the education of the children often are not a reflection of the student population that they serve in the public schools. New Caney ISD has approximately 18 schools (elementary, middle school and high school) in the area. Their demographics are as follows: Board of Trustees (7 total, 100% white), district administrators (62 total, no breakdown of race/ethnicity), and teachers (956 total, 74% white, 19% Hispanic, 4% black, <1% Asian, <1% two or more races). Whereas the demographics of the students (14,677) are as follows: 57% Hispanic, 35% white, 4% black, 2% Asian, 2% two or more races and <1% Native American. Sixty-one percent of the student population is economically disadvantaged.
When turn-over rates are low within a business community, then often that business does better. I don’t think of public education as a business, but I do believe that when teachers are vested in the community (their schools) then the community does better. Of the teachers in NCISD, 96% of them have a bachelor’s degree or higher (74% with a bachelor), 32% of the teachers have been in the district fo.r >= 11 years and 43% have been in the district for < 5 years. In nearby Humble ISD, 45% of their teachers have been with the district >= 11 years and only 29% have been in the district for < 5 years.
When teachers are educating their students about math, science, English, social studies, etc, it should be a given that all children are educated and treated equally regardless of the teacher’s race/ethnicity or tenure at the school. Thus, despite the statistics above, the district strives to ensure that ALL children are educated and treated equally.