According to a study from the Institute of Labor Economics, students of color are less likely to drop out of high school and more likely to pursue college if they have at least one minority teacher.
The problem is, there’s a severe shortage of teachers of color in this country. And that gap between minority students and teachers is especially wide in Connecticut.
Some new programs in the state have been designed to close that gap.
Tai Olasanoye interned at an elementary school when he was in college. Before that, he never imagined being a teacher.
“Growing up, I didn’t see an African-American male teacher. So it wasn’t considered an option for me.”