Posted: Oct 7, 2012 11:51 AM by Associated Press
AMITE - The number of black teachers and the racial makeup of student populations in Tangipahoa Parish public schools remain top concerns, the district's court-appointed desegregation compliance officer said.
The percentage of black teachers dropped 1.4 percent from February 2011 to March 2012, Arlene Guerin told the School Board this past week.
While new October numbers, not yet compiled, may show that trend reversed, the proportion of black teachers hovers around 20 percent, compared with an overall student population ratio of 50.2 percent black to 49.8 percent white, Guerin said.
The Advocate reports only eight of Tangipahoa's 32 schools are considered fully desegregated, with racial majorities of no more than 65 percent of students.
Guerin said 13 schools are considered "one-race schools" with racial majorities of 75 percent or more.