Last month, State Sen. Patricia Torres Ray, chair of the Senate Education Committee, called for a diversified teacher pool to counteract Minnesota's educational achievement gap.
"To me, the conversation about the achievement gap has become a rhetorical conversation," she told the Pioneer Press. "We get together and shame ourselves, but we haven't taken specific actions. This is a specific action."
As of 2012, students of color made up 36 percent of metro-area public school enrollment, up from 26 percent in 2001. But 94 percent of the teachers are white.
On The Daily Circuit, we talk about the persistent achievement gap, and what other measures can be put into place to counteract the problem.
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