Years ago, retired Erie school teacher Johnny Johnson mapped out a plan for recruitment and it was ignored.

"It is a disgrace, data tells us that minority students should have minority teachers in front of them, so if you are data driven then you will go to the data," Johnson said.

That data indicates that in Erie County, 27% of the students are people of color but only 2% of teachers are people of color.

Johnson pent over 30 years working as a teacher in the Erie School District before retiring.

"When I got recruited in 1969 people came to Erie because of the consent decree and the thing they told you was when you come to Erie you are going to make a difference," Johnson said.

Johnson's recommendation to solving the issue? Recruiting teachers from Historical Black Colleges and Universities.

"If money is an incentive, use money, if housing is an incentive, use housing because other areas of the country who need black teachers look at those types of things and say what can we do to get you where we need to get you," Johnson said.

Erie School Board Director Zakaria Sharif agreed with Johnson's solution and added that encouraging the younger generation to pursue a career in education can also help the problem.

"Often the youth say, I do not want to go into this career field but as a district we have to be responsible and intentional when it comes to hiring and those are some of the things that are our superintendent's goals for next year," Sharif said.

Johnson believes Sharif's words are encouraging but he wants to see action.

"Why don't we have Black teachers, Hispanic teachers, Asian teachers, why? And let them give you an answer and let the answer make sense," Johnson said.