At Monday’s school board meeting, local activist, Terry Knapp raised the issue of the District hiring more African-American teachers…
Superintendent Lathan responded to Knapp's suggestion to hire more minority teachers by saying she would begin by recruiting more from North Carolina. That state's numerous historically black colleges offer a pool of potential applicants. Lathan also took issue with tallies of the number of people she has hired from North Carolina already. "It's getting old," she said, pointing out the North Carolina transplants were now living in Peoria and paying taxes. Source
Personally, I like the thought of our students getting the opportunity to learn from teachers from historically black colleges (HBCUs). North Carolina is certainly not the only state with HBCUs, but they sure got some good ones and this whole issue makes me curious about which HBCUs the ever growing NC contingent may have attended.
Curious, because my niece is an experienced teacher, educated at Bradley University, who recently left the area to work on the East Coast. I know what her experiences are and what the folks on the East Coast liked about her. So for comparison, I took a quick look at the Vite’ of one of the District’s most recent hires from NC, Cenithia Tice, Assistant Principal at Irving and Lincoln; and sure enough she came from an HBCU:
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Rowan Cabarrus Community College
North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina A&T State University is impressive. However, I refuse to believe that the District's current hiring practice is that teachers (African-American or otherwise) who are from the area and locally educated at Bradley, Western, ISU, etc., are not good at what they do, or that Illinois colleges are not turning out teachers who are just as capable as teachers from North Carolina. I would encourage locals who are looking to work with the District to go ahead and apply, the District just might have you.
UPDATED with some Facebook response...