MA Educator Diversity Budget

Boston, MassachusettsToday, Latinos for Education released a statement urging the Budget Conference Committee to adopt the House’s proposal to include $15 Million investment towards increasing educator diversity, which was included in the budget approved by the House Ways and Means (HWM)  Committee. The Senate did not adopt this item in their budget. This investment will now be subject to the negotiations of the conference committee

“We are urging the Conference Committee to adopt the House’s position in the final proposal because we understand the difference it will make for our districts,” Amanda Fernandez, Founder and CEO of Latinos for Education explains. “These funds mean we will have more Latino educators in classrooms across the state. We know the difference this would make for new educators to be confident leaving school without student loans.”  

The $15 Million investment included funds to assist educators with the cost of attending college, and providing financial assistance to educators through scholarships, while the remaining investment will address the repayment of loans that many educators accrue in the process of obtaining their teacher certification in higher education. 

“Obtaining and retaining diverse talent for our school districts would only be one way this Financial Assistance could help us. Expanding the tools and systems we currently have will also greatly impact our districts,” said Manny Cruz, Director of Advocacy, Massachusetts for Latinos for Education. “The workforce has taken a hit recently due to retirement, resignations and teacher shortages; with these funds we could welcome new talent to teach our children.” 

The organization would like to thank Speaker Ron Mariano, HWM Chair  State Representative Aaron Michlewitz,  State Representative Alice Peisch, Senator Lewis, Senator Lovely, and Senator Gomez for advocating for Educator Diversity funding and for their leadership on the issue. Latinos for Education will continue to have a continued commitment to seeing school districts diversified. These funds have the potential to bring more resources to our area and expand diversity in the areas that need it most. 

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About Latinos for Education:

Latinos for Education is a national education non-profit organization focused on developing, placing, and connecting essential Latino talent in the education sector. The organization is mobilizing a network of skilled education leaders to ensure the voice of students and families is not only heard but factored into decision-making in schools, communities, and education institutions throughout the U.S. The organization also ensures Latino education professionals have access to a nationwide network of peers as well as career and professional development opportunities across the country through the members-only EdCentro network. For more information visit:

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