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Explainer: Why Is America’s Teaching Force So White?

By Brooke Saias — December 7, 2021 5:26
Freda Arnold chats with some of her students at Booker Junior High school in Little Rock, Ark., on Dec. 21, 1965. Arnold is one of four white educators on the faculty of the all-Black school.

The lack of teacher diversity dates back to the establishment of America’s public school system. The video above offers a look at the history and some early signs of hope.

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