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‘Diversity’ Objections to Better Teachers


There’s a front-page story in the current issue of Education Week (available here) about how the broad support for requiring better academic qualifications for teachers is running up against concerns that this might result in fewer black and Latino teachers. It’s yet another variation on the “disparate impact” theme: Perfectly legitimate job qualifications have to give way to politically correct workforce statistics. There’s no mention in the article, by the way, of the potential legal problems — under both the Constitution and Titles VI and VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act — with deliberately choosing selection criteria in order to achieve a predetermined racial and ethnic result.


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