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Diversity Among Teachers In Kansas City

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Recent studies from the Center for American Progress and the National Education Association point to what some are calling a diversity gap in American schools. While student populations are growing more and more racially diverse, the teaching pool isn't changing at a pace that reflects that reality.

On Wednesday's Central Standard, we investigated the causes at the root of this so-called diversity gap, asking whether and why it matters for students from minority groups to have teachers who look like them. Our conversation focused on the demographics of classrooms in Kansas City.




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Gina Kaufmann is the host of KCUR’s Central Standard, a talkshow fueled by curiosity and critical thinking. You can reach her on Twitter, @GinaKCUR.
Matthew Long-Middleton has been a talk-show producer, community producer and now is the Media Training Manager with America Amplified. You can reach him at, or on Twitter.
Sylvia Maria Gross is storytelling editor at KCUR 89.3. Reach her on Twitter @pubradiosly.