The Oregon Education Investment Board considered the 2014 Oregon Minority Teacher Act Status Report at their December 9, 2014, meeting. The OEIB took no action. Much more needs to be done, yet neither the OEIB nor the Oregon Educator Equity Advisory Group even made recommendations.
Note the context:
(1) A key find finding of the report is that:
As of 2014, Oregon is not on track to meet the 2015 goal of increasing the percentage of minority teachers employed by school districts and education services districts by 10% as compared to July 2, 2012. The 2013-14 data reveal that the number of culturally and linguistically diverse teachers employed in Oregon public schools only increased by ten to 2,401(8.46% of the employed teacher workforce). The reduction may be in part due to reductions in staff in recent years
(2) There are no recommendation in the report, yet the legislation calls for the report to include recommendations.
SECTION 7. (1) No later than July 1, 2014, representatives of the Oregon Education Investment Board, the Oregon University System, the Department of Education and the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission shall jointly submit a report on the Minority Teacher Act of 1991 to the interim legislative committees on education. The report shall include:
(c) Recommendations for meeting the goals expressed in ORS 342.437, including proposals for the date by which to meet the goals expressed in ORS 342.437.
(3) Portland Public Schools failed badly in a recent effort to reach its goal of having 44% of its teachers as teachers of color. It currently has about 16.5% teachers of color. In hiring 497 new teachers for 2014-15, only 22% were teachers of color. (here)
(4) There is a statewide shortage of Spanish fluent teachers for Spanish dual language immersion programs. There is a need for a large number of Spanish dual language immersion teachers in Oregon. Oregon currently has eleven school districts each with more than 1,000 Hispanic students and no Spanish dual language immersion program. (here) The 2014 Oregon Minority Teacher Act Status Report does not mention the need for Spanish immersion teachers.
The OEIB meeting of December 9, 2104, is shown in the video above. The presentation on the 2014 Oregon Minority Teacher Act Status Report begins at 1 hour and 32 minutes.
There was no mention of the need for Spanish immersion teachers during the presentation.
At 1 hour 51 minutes, OEIB Board member Ron Saxton asks "How much thought has been given as to whether this is the most effective way to spend the money toward accomplishing the goals?" Donald Easton-Brooks, chair of the report's advisory group, answers.
At 1 hour 53 minutes, OEIB member Yvonne Curtis comments that its not just about recruitment but getting diverse teachers to stay. She says "For years in this state, we have been working on this goal. And, in two different districts that I've been in, we been successful in recruiting people. Sometimes you can use bonuses. Sometimes you can just talk them into coming to your district because it is a great thing to do. But it is really hard to get people to stay if you do not work on those other aspects of culturally responsive practices.... Many of us remember the times when we were flying to Texas and New Mexico and Florida recruiting all these people. But they don't stay because we haven't had the support and the culturally responsive community that makes people feel included and a part of the community."