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July 10, 2010

Plymouth-Canton minority-teacher push stirs controversy

Shawn D. Lewis:

Efforts by one of Metro Detroit's largest suburban school districts to recruit more minority teachers and administrators have renewed debate over the use of race in hiring decisions.

A recent directive in the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools urges administrators to scan resumes for "cues" that applicants are from a minority racial group. Tip-offs can include job-seekers' residence, college attendance, fraternity or church membership and employment history.

Nearly a quarter of Plymouth-Canton's nearly 19,000 students are minorities, compared with less than 3 percent of its educational staff. District officials say they want to close that gap while hiring the most-qualified candidates.

Posted by Jim Zellmer at July 10, 2010 2:50 AM
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