Teachers of Color Retention Study

This study examines the recruitment and retention patterns of teachers of color in the Kansas City metro area.

In the United States, 25% of K-12 students identify as Latinx, yet only 8% of educators do. This study, commissioned by the Latinx Education Collaborative, explores the teacher landscape in Kansas City, focusing on the gender, age, and racial-ethnic makeup of the workforce. The study is guided by three key questions:

  1. Are schools in Kansas City recruiting and retaining teachers of color?
  2. To what degree do teachers reflect the students they teach?
  3. Do teachers of color in Kansas City leave the profession at higher rates than white teachers?


The analysis includes public and charter school data for the Kansas City metropolitan statistical area. Release of findings is scheduled for fall 2020.