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Document Number: 9960

Teacher Diversity Matters: A State-by-State Analysis of Teachers of Color - This report highlights the disparity between teachers of color and their students in public schools. According to the report, the makeup of the nation’s teacher workforce force has not kept up with changing demographics. At the national level, students of color make up more than 40% of the public school population. In contrast, teachers of color—teachers who are not non-Hispanic white—are only 17% of the teaching force. Teachers of color serve as role models for students, giving them a clear and concrete sense of what diversity in education and our society looks like. The report includes a 50-state analysis of teachers of color. The disparity was lowest in Vermont, Maine and West Virginia (4 percent) and highest in California (43 percent). (Ulrich Boser, Center for American Progress, November 2011)...

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