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May 6, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Is teacher diversity a problem in Washington?

New studies from the Center for American Progress and the National Education Association give credence to what many education officials already know anecdotally: American teachers are nowhere as diverse as their students.

Across the U.S., half of public-school students are nonwhite, but fewer than 1 in 5 teachers are people of color. In Washington state, 63 percent of students are white, compared with 87 percent of teachers.

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