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The Repercussions of the Black Teacher Shortage

A recent study found that black students who have at least one black teacher do better in school. Making policy around this research is complicated.
James Ford, a high school teacher in North Carolina, jokes with his class.
James Ford, a high school teacher in North Carolina, jokes with his class.Courtesy of James Ford

Ashley McCall was teaching her third grade students about American voting rights last year when one of them asked a question she couldn’t answer: How do older people of color process the evolution of the right to vote?

McCall, a black teacher whose student body is mostly of color, asked her own grandparents to do a video conference with the class. They fielded students’ vibrant inquiries about having lived in the south during the civil rights era.