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Alabama Schools Struggle With Teacher Diversity

While evidence shows a diverse teacher workforce can benefit all students, researchers are finding just how important it is for black students to have black teachers.

But that’s not always easy to accomplish in Alabama. Ten school systems in North Alabama have no black classroom teachers.

Though 33 percent of public school students are black, only 19 percent of Alabama’s teachers are, and while 55 percent of students are white, nearly 79 percent of teachers are white.