The New York State Senate approved legislation to encourage greater teacher diversity in classrooms across New York State. The legislation will establish the Teachers and Educators Aiding the Communities They Call Home (TEACH) Act to attract underrepresented teachers; create a task force to recommend solutions and further study the impacts of underrepresentation in education; develop recruitment programs to find and retain minority and bilingual educators; and establish statewide conventions for underrepresented educators to gather and network.
“Educators are often some of the first role models we have, and are influential in helping young people shape their hopes and dreams. But that can only happen if we can see ourselves in our teachers,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. “Having representation from an early age vastly improves learning outcomes, closes educational gaps, and shows students that anything is possible. Balancing the diversity of our teachers is a crucial step in furthering New York’s educational reforms and helps keep our learning institutions as inclusive as possible. I thank the bill sponsors and committee chairs for their commitment to this issue and advancing this critical legislation.”
Chair of the Senate Education Committee, Senator Shelley B. Mayer said “The legislation passed today will make our schools stronger and more representative of New York. Diverse perspectives and increased representation among our educators will benefit all our students by broadening perspectives and experiences for every student. I am proud to join my colleagues in passing this expansive package that will be so beneficial to schools, educators, and students throughout our State. Thank you to Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and my colleagues for your commitment to diversity and equity - today we move that agenda forward.”
Read the Senate Majority Press Release.