Greater teacher diversity can improve outcomes for students of color. So why are 89% of Washington teachers white?

Illustration by Jennifer Luxton / The Seattle Times
Illustration by Jennifer Luxton / The Seattle Times

Washington state’s public-school students are more diverse than ever, but the teacher workforce doesn’t represent them. In some regions, school districts employ only a few teachers of color — or none at all.

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