Bill reintroduction builds on growing momentum to create historic legislation that reimagines teaching profession and increases number of teachers of color

Boston, MA – Last week, State Representative Alice Peisch and State Senator Jason Lewis reintroduced the Massachusetts Educator Diversity Act (HD3621 and SD1831), a comprehensive bill which would improve and strengthen efforts across the state to train, recruit and retain more teachers of color and move districts closer towards meeting the goal set by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to increase the percentage of diverse educators to 25% by 2030. Educators of color currently only make up 13% of all educators in Massachusetts, despite the fact that students of color are 46% of all students.

First introduced in January 2021, the Educator Diversity Act has seen increased support from diverse stakeholders, leaders within the education and workforce community as well as Latino, Black, and API groups. The bill garnered 60 co-sponsors during the 2021-22 legislative cycle and passed with a unanimous vote in the House of Representatives as an amendment to an economic development bill.

Members of the Educator Diversity Act Coalition, led by Latinos for Education, released the following statements in regards to the bill reintroduction:

“The Educator Diversity Act will have profound positive impacts on our state’s education system, especially when it comes to ensuring Black and Latino students have positive and affirming school environments that put them on a path to college success. The bill will give school districts the resources they need to reimagine the teaching profession at a time when we are seeing increased need to recruit and retain more educators into the profession, and it will allow our state to continue being at the forefront of innovation when it comes to academic performance for all students. We are excited to work with Representative Peisch, Senator Lewis and Governor Maura Healey to see this bill through the legislative process and signed into law,” stated Amanda Fernandez, Founder and CEO, Latinos for Education.

“Representation matters. Here in Springfield and Holyoke, Black, Latinx and other students of color need teachers that mirror their experience and identity. They need more educators who see and understand them in ways beyond lessons, classes and homework, now, more than ever. National data tells us that teachers of color can increase the graduation rates of their students of color by 39%. Our teachers have the opportunity to teach in ways that empower and uplift their students to put them on the path to success in school and beyond.  The Educator Diversity Act is the legislation we need to make this vision a reality,” added Pema Latshang, founding executive director, Teach Western Mass.

“Boston Plan for Excellence (BPE) and Boston Teacher Residency are honored to partner with organizations across the Commonwealth to bring much needed educator diversity to our public schools. The data show that students of color who are taught by teachers of color experience stronger outcomes on a number of measures including high school completion and college matriculation and graduation.  Only together, with the support of the legislature, can we create programs that make possible the recruitment, development and retention of teachers of color, in a sustainable and lasting manner that leads to student success,” added Jesse Solomon, Executive Director at Boston Plan for Excellence.

To learn more about the Educator Diversity Act or the Educator Diversity Coalition, please visit https://www.latinosforeducation.org/educator-diversity-act/ 


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