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Boston Public Schools seeks more diverse teaching force

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The Boston Public Schools, facing a decline in the number of black teachers that puts the school system in violation of a federal court order, is stepping up efforts to recruit and retain teachers of color.

For the first time in years, school officials are launching an aggressive marketing campaign that includes posting advertisements on the T, in national education publications, and on a new website they will go online soon. They plan to tap alumni networks of current employees who graduated from historically black colleges or other campuses with diverse student populations.

The goal, school officials say, is to establish a teaching force whose demographics reflect the student population.

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