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A new research study about race, diversity, and education in America has revealed that there is a big racially-based gap between the overall amount of students of color and teachers of color in the nation’s schools.
The Center for American Progress released a report on this study, which analyzed the ever-present ratio disparity between the amount of minority teachers and students in America’s public school districts. The report is titled Revisiting the Persistent Teacher Diversity Problem.
To conduct its study, the Center for American Progress utilized data from some Bureau of Labor statistics recorded in recent history by the U.S. Department of Labor.
The Center’s research study also relied upon additional information, which was extracted from the database of the National Center for Education Statistics, a division of the Institute of Educational Sciences.
However, in 2012, the Center for American Progress also conducted a study, which focused on the same aspects as the more recent study that was published this year. Researchers have proven that since the 2012 study by the Center for American Progress was taken, diversity among America’s teachers has continued to decrease.
“In an effort to keep up the drumbeat, [we] decided to run the numbers yet again. This time, in [our] 2017 review, the authors looked at available data from state education agencies for the 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16 school years. The authors determined that teacher diversity numbers have only gotten worse since 2012,” the report reads.
It has been scientifically proven many times that struggling minority students fare much better when they have more minority teachers who relate to them, according to a separate study conducted decades ago by the Office of Educational Research and Improvement, a division of the U.S. Department of Education.
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