Degrees of Diversity
By Evan Dawson
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More than 80 percent of public school teachers in the U.S. are white, and a WXXI News investigation has found that the disparity is much more severe in the Rochester, NY and Finger Lakes regions. Degrees of Diversity takes an in-depth look at diversity among local teaching staffs, and the steps, if any, the districts are taking to making their staffs better reflect their student population.
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