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UPDATE: Two-Year Study Reveals Little Cultural Diversity Among VT Teachers 

Here's an update to our August 25 cover story, "The Diversity Test: When it comes to hiring teachers of color, most Vermont schools get an F."

Today, the James M. Jeffords Center at the University of Vermont released the findings of its much-awaited survey on the racial and ethnic breakdown of Vermont's public-school workforce. A pdf of the full report can be downloaded here.

No major surprises inside: As expected, the authors — H. Bud Meyers at UVM and Lisa Bass at the University of Oklahoma — found that there aren't many people of color working in Vermont's public schools, and very little is being done at the district level to make Vermont's classrooms more, um, colorful. The diversity survey was sent to administrators at all 60 of Vermont's districts and supervisory unions, of which only 43 responded, representing approximately 80 percent of the entire teacher workforce.

Among the report's highlights:

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Ken Picard has been a Seven Days staff writer since 2002. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the Vermont Press Association's 2005 Mavis Doyle award, a general excellence prize for reporters.


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