Graduation Date

Fall 12-16-2016

Grading Professor

Ellen Tumposky

Subject Concentration

Urban Reporting

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


In New York City, 43 percent of boys in the public school system may never have a teacher who looks like them. Recruitment initiatives have brought more men of color into the classroom, but challenging work environments are driving these much-needed teachers to find more profitable work in a less stressful environment.

Nationally, minority and non-minority teachers are leaving the profession at an increasing rate. In New York, men of color represent about 8 percent of the teachers, while boys of color make up almost half of the student population. Taking aim at this disparity, the de Blasio administration plans to add 1,000 men of color to the city’s teaching force by 2017 through Men Teach, a $16 million program that focuses on recruitment and creating a support network for teachers to combat the revolving door of men leaving the profession. But it remains to be seen whether the program will make an impact when it comes to retaining teachers.

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