PORTLAND, OR – State officials set a goal of adding 10 percent more minority principals and school administrators by 2015. A new state report shows Oregon schools appear to be nearing that goal.
The Oregonian reports the Legislature set a goal to add 21 more black, Latino, Asian or Native American principals in the state’s more than 1,200 schools between 2012 and 2015.
By this past school year, another 18 had already been added. With two recent promotions in the Portland area, Oregon appears to be within a few administrators of meeting its goal.
About 35% of Oregon students are minorities, while 90% of the state’s public school teachers and administrators are white.
After laying off thousands of new teachers over the past few years, Oregon schools still are far from reaching their goals to diversify their teachers.