November 6, 2019

NYC has the most diverse teaching force in the state. But it still doesn’t match the student body.

Read the entire article by Reema Amin on Chalkbeat New York.

New York City schools employed a larger percentage of teachers of color than elsewhere in the state, according to preliminary data the state education department released Tuesday. But that number did not match the diversity of the student body of the five boroughs— and the teaching force actually became less diverse in Manhattan and Brooklyn, the findings from the 2016-17 school year showed.

Students of color are more likely to have negative perceptions of school when they don’t see themselves reflected in their teachers and are more likely to be subjected to discriminatory discipline practices, according to research cited by state education department staffers. Because of these issues, the state legislature ordered the state education department to study teacher diversity. A finalized report is expected in the next few weeks.

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