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Study: Recruiting more minority teachers could do wonders for minority students

from The Huffington Post

One way to help low-performing students do better in school could be to put them in classrooms with teachers who share their race, a new study says. The study, which will be released in the April issue of the Economics of Education Review, looks at how students' test scores are impacted by the race of their teachers. Through analyzing Florida Department of Education data, researchers found that black, white and Asian/Pacific Island students do slightly better in school during years when they share their classroom educator's race and/or ethnicity. Low-performing black and white students especially benefit from having teachers of their same race, the study says. more

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