Sioux City schools seeking more diverse workforce

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Sioux City school district is struggling to hire a diverse workforce that reflects growing diversity in the student population.

The Sioux City Journal reports (http://bit.ly/15G6dGt ) 96 percent of teachers in Sioux City are white.

Superintendent Paul Gausman says that lack of diversity is troubling, considering that 29 percent of the district’s students are Hispanic. About 56 percent of students are white.

Isaiah McGee, of the Iowa Department of Education, says it’s a common situation throughout the state.

In the 2011-2012 school year, 2.2 percent of Iowa’s teachers were minorities.

Gausman says the district’s candidate pool is overwhelmingly Caucasian, making it hard to increase diversity.

The district hopes to introduce more minority students to the education field in hopes they’ll receive training and return to Sioux City as teachers.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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