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A Real Plan to Recruit and Retain African American Mentors to Our Classrooms

When elected, I will propose a two-part program to recruit African American schoolteachers to Cincinnati Public Schools.

70% of the Cincinnati Public Schools population is African American, while only 2% of public school teachers across the country are African American males.  And the number of African American schoolteachers has decreased 4% from 2008 to 2012 across the United States.

First, we will partner with HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities) in Ohio and the Midwest to recruit African American teachers to Cincinnati.  Partnering with the Cincinnati Federation of Teachers, If an African American schoolteacher makes a commitment to teach for 5 years in the Cincinnati Public Schools as a classroom teacher, they will receive a signing bonus.

Second, CPS will partner with the City of Cincinnati to utilize a portion of city federal HUD Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to provide a down payment assistance for those schoolteachers to purchase a home in the city limits.  This will be an actual city-school district partnership.

This will ensure and promote goals (lower drop-out rates, increased college acceptance, fewer behavioral issues, higher probability of gifted classroom placement, etc.) more achievable with more African American schoolteachers in our Cincinnati Public Schools.