Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Secondary Education and Educational Leadership

First Advisor

D. Michelle Williams, Ed.D.

Second Advisor

Jerry Williams, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Maria Betancourt-Smith, Ph.D.

Fourth Advisor

Stacy Hendricks, Ed.D.


There is a growing gap between the racial demographics of public-school teachers and their students. Teachers with demographic backgrounds similar to a school’s student population are often successful, particularly in Title 1 schools with high proportions of minority students; however, teacher turnover is high. The students in Texas public schools are a growing minority-majority population. Changes in the student body racial composition and other school-related variables could influence teacher workforce demographics. The focus of discussion of this quantitative research study is to determine the factors that predict the racial diversity of teachers in Texas high schools. The research questions addressed were: (1) What factors predict the racial diversity of faculty in Texas high schools? (2) and What factors predict the change of racial teacher diversity in Texas high schools? Using predictor variables identified in the research, and then attained from Texas Education Association public database; was analyzed using regression modeling to check for relationships. In question one of this study, the key predictor of racial diversity for teachers is increased racial diversity of students. Question two of this study, was the change score between 2008-2009 and 2018-2019, findings show that there is inconclusive evidence that need further study, because of the quantity of variables that affect teacher movement. Results of the study, reveal the importance of revising teacher and student racial diversity polices in today’s Texas public high schools, in order to meet the increasing diversity of the student body.

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