Nation's pupils find few black men to call Mister

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Associated Press

Posted on October 9, 2009 at 2:20 PM

CHEYNEY, Pa. (AP) — Teaching advocates are working to raise the number of black men in the profession.

Federal data show that black men make up only 2 percent of the nation's teachers.

The Call Me MISTER initiative offers college scholarships in exchange for teaching in public schools.

About 50 program graduates are teaching in South Carolina public schools, and another 250 future teachers are in the MISTER pipeline.

Program director Roy Jones says that represents some progress but not nearly enough.

Program member Lenny Macklin, of Pittsburgh, notes that many black men may not go into teaching because they could never relate to their white or female teacher.

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