TeachOregon is helping Oregon school districts hire minority teachers to reflect changing student demographics.
About a third of Springfield's students are minorities, but its teaching staff is more than 90 percent white.
District officials say the program will eventually pay for itself using a "pay forward, pay back" model, where a portion of the new teachers' salaries will be withheld for five years. The district will then pool the leftover teacher salary money together each year to pay for the program.
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