Although the number of minority teachers is constantly increasing, it is not growing quickly enough. Black teachers account for only 8 percent of the teaching force in K-12 public schools, while black students represent 17 percent of the student body. "These disparities are even more pronounced in many urban schools, where student bodies that are nearly 100 percent minority are often taught by majority-white teaching staffs," says Thomas S. Dee, an assistant economics professor at Swarthmore Col…

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