Interesting post on edweek today: This article references a study which apparently finds no correlation between racial composition of faculty and student achievement. In other words, it apparently finds that Black students do not necessarily learn better or worse with African-American teachers. While this is only study, this certainly adds support to my own personal observations - of course, teaching is a complex task, and there are many different variables that contribute to a teacher being better or worse. Race - even if a variable on some level - can't possibly be as important as variables such as knowledge of data-driven decision making, skill with various instructional techniques, etc. http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_now/2012/06/study_black_students_dont_achieve_more_with_black_teachers.html Thoughts?