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“The Diversity Gap for Public School Teachers Is Actually Growing Across Generations”
By Sarah Schwartz — March 11, 2019 1 min read

While there are more teachers of color now than there were a few decades ago, the teacher workforce is growing whiter than the college-educated population as a whole, according to an analysis from the Brookings Institution.

The findings compare the millennial teaching force to older generations of educators. Researchers compared three cohorts of teachers over time: baby boomers, born between 1946 and 1964; Generation X, born between 1965 and 1979; and millennials, born between 1980 and 1996. In all three age brackets, the teacher population grew less white over time.

But the general population of college graduates is becoming more diverse, faster, than the teaching force. And this gap is bigger for millennial teachers than for older ones.

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A version of this article appeared in the March 13, 2019 edition of Education Week as Teacher Workforce

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