Teacher race: our schools’ unbalanced equation

By Mike Hixenbaugh
The Virginian-Pilot
Sept. 17, 2011

Children do better in school when their instructor is the same race, some studies suggest. Yet, teacher demographics in South Hampton Roads don’t come close to mirroring student populations.

The racial imbalance is most pronounced in Virginia Beach, where 85 percent of public school teachers are white and close to half of students are not, statistics show.

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