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PNW Explained

Seattle's teacher diversity problem, explained

PNW Explained

Seattle's teacher diversity problem, explained

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Students of color in Seattle don't see themselves reflected in the demographics of their teachers, a problem that is mirrored across school districts nationwide. In Seattle, some small steps are being made to improve hiring practices for teachers of color.

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Seattle's enduring achievement gap

In Seattle, as well as nationwide, there is a large racial disparity in student achievement. Much of this can be attributed to factors affecting students before they even begin kindergarten, but systemic issues within schools can reinforce these inequities. An emphasis on early childhood education, with initiatives such as Seattle's preschool program, may help close the gap.

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In Seattle, school segregation is actually getting worse

Seattle public schools are becoming more divided when it comes to race. For years, the city made an effort to integrate schools with a busing program, to mixed success. But while residential segregation continues to improve in Seattle, schools have been resegregating over the past few decades. Because of this, a school’s student body can look very different depending on what neighborhood it is in.

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