State looks into accusation of minority hiring bias in school system

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- The state has launched an investigation into an accusation that Rutherford County discriminates against minority teachers.

Former human resources clerk Kathy Brandon filed the complaint.

Brandon states in her complaint that the county is "quick to hire people of color to clean the schools and cook, but not others."

Schools Director Harry Gill says he encourages the 41 principals in the system to hire minority teachers, but there aren't enough qualified candidates.

According to an August report, 7.9 percent of the county's teachers are minorities.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by chris on Jan 7, 2008 at 05:18 AM
    We desperately need good qualified teachers. The minority label should have no bearing on hiring. The qualities that make for good teachers has nothing to do with race or whatever puts a person in a minority. One state I lived in had a big to do over this issue and their answer was to lower the standards for teachers entering the field. I took exam questions posted in the newspaper and passed. No way was I qualified for teaching. According to the standards for this particular state I could have walked into a classroom and started a new career. God bless teachers who go into this profession and make a difference in the students they teach.


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