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APM Reports: Keeping Teachers

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EMILY HANFORD
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APM REPORTS
Teacher Christopher McFadden is a member of The Fellowship, a group in Philadelphia trying to recruit and retain black male teachers. Only 2 percent of teachers in American public schools are black men.

Airs Sunday, September 17, 2017, at 6 p.m. There may be nothing more important in the educational life of a child than having effective teachers. But the United States is struggling to attract and keep teachers. The problem is most acute in rural areas, where kids may learn math from a social studies teacher. In urban schools, the teachers most likely to leave are black men, who make up just 2 percent of teachers. This APM Reports documentary tells two separate but connected stories about teachers that American schools desperately need but can’t hold on to: black men and those willing to work in rural areas.