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Schenectady’s teachers lacking in diversity

Of the district’s 815 teachers, 96 percent are white

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About 66 percent of Schenectady’s students are not white, but only a handful of their teachers share their diverse background. Of the district’s 815 teachers, 96 percent are white. There are only 36 nonwhite teachers among 19 schools. Most children can go years without encountering a nonwhite teacher, particularly in elementary school. “Even the foreign language teachers,” said parent Aaron Couture. “It’s funny. We go to athletics and everything else in the community and there’s ...

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May 12, 2013
5:54 a.m.

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When we continue to use race as an issue, race will ALWAYS be an issue......

May 12, 2013
6:45 a.m.

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I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. - MLK

The color of skin is EVERYTHING when it comes to hiring status nowadays. We have defiled MLK's vision.

May 12, 2013
8:04 a.m.

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I don't know why Schenectady would have that low a percentage of non-white teachers. What would be interesting is to compare Albany High students' performance (Albany High has a large percentage of non-white teachers I believe) with Schenectady's students.

While I suppose it is admirable to have a larger percentage of non-white teachers in a Schenectady district - high student performance requires students to do work and retain what is learned no matter what race their teacher is. Hard work! Lots of studying and coming to school motivated to do one's best. If we took all the highly rated teachers from high performing districts like in Niskayuna and Colonie and put them in Schenectady schools would the students achieve at the same level as their suburban counterparts?

May 12, 2013
2:45 p.m.

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Just another article bashing the SCSD---big surprise! When will Mr. Spring have something positive to say about the teachers that have dedicated their lives and careers to the children of Schenectady?( long before he arrived)

May 13, 2013
10:29 a.m.

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So what? Are they highly qualified, because that should be all that matters. I graduated from a small rural school, and we had one. Let's look at the stats for how many of color choose teaching as a profession - that could be the reason there isn't more "diversity".